Time flies when you're having fun!
Kelly Ripa celebrated her 20th anniversary hosting “Live!" on February 5!
Her transition from soap actress to talk show queen started back in November 2000 when she was asked to fill as a host.
At the time, she was still a cast member on “All My Children” alongside husband, Mark Conseulos.
After her talk-show debut, she became an instant frontrunner to replace then-host, Kathie Lee Gifford.
"The show had really reached an iconic level of pop culture where everyone knew Regis and Kathie Lee. ... Everyone was really questioning, could we go on?" executive producer Michael Gelman noted to Entertainment Weekly.
"Kelly immediately lit up the room, and we knew there was something special. There was a certain charisma and humor and quickness that was really innate — because she wasn't an experienced broadcaster at the time. She just had that It Factor,” he added.
Ripa, who had no experience co-hosting a talk show, recalls thinking "I have no idea what I'm doing." She said she received minimal guidance but that it was mostly an “autonomous situation where I learned on the fly how to do that job because I didn't really have a lot of time.”
However, she never let it get to her head!
"I never think anything is that important, but I did not want to be the person that ruined a show with such a storied history. I would hate for it to be a show that's been on the air for 15 years and suddenly goes off the air the day I get there. That would be a bad legacy," she explained. "I think I didn't let myself ponder the notion of the significance of it because if I did, I probably wouldn't have gotten out of bed every morning — it would have been too scary for me to think about."
After the late Philbin’s exit, Michael Strahan served as Ripa’s co-host for four-years before being replaced with Ryan Seacrest.
While Ripa is largely associated with her work on “Live!,” there’s plenty of fans who still remember her as Hayley Vaughn on “All My Children” in the 90s.
Ripa, who is working on a possible prime-time reboot of the daytime soap with Consuelos, gave a little insight into the vision of the series.
"We would be the parents, and this show is really more about the children of Pine Valley," Ripa explained of the original cast’s role in the series.
"It's a darker look at things, and I'm very excited about it. It was pitched to us and we were like, 'We will absolutely produce this. And we want to be a part of it.' Immediately we called [former All My Children costar Eva LaRue], all of our friends, and we started saying, 'Just be at the ready. Get ready.' "
However, she didn’t mask her anxieties about returning to her roots, stating that the series is “responsible for every singular good thing that has happened in my life.”
“I met my husband there, I had my children there – not in the studio but pretty close; they kept you there until your contractions were five minutes apart, as we like to say," she joked. "It's from there that I got the talk show. It's from there that I got [Hope & Faith].... and our first production deal [at TLC]. So it's truly responsible for every good thing in my life that's happened to me."