“Prerecorded with Kelly and Mark.”
“Live with Kelly and Mark” has reportedly been filming episodes two months in advance, according to the US Sun.
On April 26, Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuleos reportedly pre-taped their June 19 episode and the next day, they pre-taped their show which is scheduled to air on June 26.
“The opening monologue of the pre-recorded episodes is very general, like talking about relationships and marriage and Mark and Kelly’s life with the kids,” a source told the outlet.
“They didn’t touch big news, like the death of Jerry Springer, which broke up in the middle of recording on April 27.”
Additionally, The US Sun reports that “Live with Kelly and Mark” has at least five more filming dates scheduled to pre-record episodes.
However, a source close to the production told Page Six that the only reason Ripa and Consuelo are filming early is that the show, like every year, will go on hiatus for the summer.
“They really just want to provide as much new material as possible for viewers to enjoy over the summer,” the source told us.
“The schedule fluctuates weekly and this is nothing new.”
Page Six also reached out to ABC for comment but did not immediately hear back.
The news that the ABC show is airing pre-recorded episodes isn’t appeasing longtime fans of the show, who are now threatening to stop watching it altogether.
“I think I’ll skip the canned taped shows that have the nerve to call themselves Live. The show has become a tiny fraction of what it once was to accommodate the self-serving needs of the hosts.” a viewer tweeted.
“Change the name from ‘Live with Kelly and Mark’ if it’s not going to be Live. Don’t mention that ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ isn’t live, at least that’s a few hours from taping to airing, not days like Kelly and Mark.” another reviewer wrote.
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“Live with Kelly and Mark should actually mean ‘live’ and not ‘recorded’.” tweeted to a third person.
Last month, Consuelos, 52, joined his wife, also 52, as co-host of the morning show after Ryan Seacrest left “Live with Kelly and Ryan” after six years.
Since the couple’s debut, they have received heavy criticism for showing too much PDA and appearing “awkward” together on air.
The talk show was also criticized by fans for only recording “live” for three days over a week in April.
Despite the negative reviews, a second source told Page Six that the show’s “first week” “were the best numbers in three years with WABC New York, so clearly, fans love the show.”