By Noelle Gambino
After sitting in 2 hours of traffic and missing the check-in deadline time, I was out of hope that I would make it on time to see “Live with Kelly” yesterday. In line at 8:30, 30 minutes before Live goes live, there was still enough room in the audience for a few more. Walking through the revolving door of ABC Studios I didn’t realize I would be walking into one of the best days of my life.
The show started as planned at 9 as the audience was packed into the seemingly large studio. New Jersey native Kelly Ripa holds true in real life to the sweet and comedic personality seen on screen. The guest for the day was Jerry O’Connell and the two hosts are such a dynamic duo. After the first live taping at 9AM filled with Joe Jonas, Bernadette Peters, and plenty of puppies the audience was asked to stay to be part of filming the intro to two other “live” tapings. Stay tuned for the August 10th episode when Kelly tries to decipher her daughter’s emoji language and one audience member (me!) comes up with the idea that a dolphin emoji represents that her day went “swimmingly”.
After the show while waiting in the lobby for in interview with Joaquin, Ripa’s very polite youngest child, Kelly herself walked right through the front door. I had met her once before on a college tour while she was with her eldest son, so I had gotten over being star struck and could have a real conversation with her. She remembered me! After all the excitement I forgot to capture the moment on camera. But after talking with her, looks like there will be plenty of opportunity if she visits he-who-shall-not-be-named on campus.