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'LIVE! with Kelly' announces winner of 'Coast-to-Coast Co-Host Search'

by jmaloni
Sat, Jul 21st 2012 09:20 am

Michael Buckley will co-host with Kelly Ripa on Tuesday, July 24

On Friday, nationally syndicated morning talk show "LIVE! with Kelly" announced Michael Buckley of Meriden, Conn., is the winner in "LIVE's Coast-to-Coast Co-Host Search," and he will join Kelly Ripa as co-host on "LIVE" on Tuesday, July 24.

Thousands of viewers submitted entries for "LIVE's Coast-to-Coast Co-Host Search," demonstrating why they should have a chance to co-host with Ripa. Those entries were narrowed down to the top 25 contenders, then 10 semi-finalists, and finally to the top five finalists by an online vote.

The top five contestants traveled to New York on July 16 for a week of competitions and eliminations to determine who would be the winner of one day of co-host duties with Ripa. Competitions included interviewing a surprise celebrity guest (actor Jerry O'Connell), testing their improv skills in a green screen challenge, and a tongue-twisting teleprompter read.

After the last challenge Friday morning, the "LIVE" studio audience voted, and Buckley was named victorious.

Buckley is from Meriden and is an Internet celebrity known for his widely popular YouTube channel and his "What The Buck?" vlog.

Visit "LIVE" on the web at www.livewithkelly.tv, on Facebook, or follow "LIVE" on Twitter, @LiveKelly.

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