Kelly Ripa Hosting 'Live!' Post-Oscar Special From Kodak Theatre

The daytime host leaves the New York studio for an awards recap on Feb. 27.
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Kelly Ripa is staking her claim on awards season.

The Live! With Kelly host is heading to Los Angeles for a special episode of the daytime talker, taping the morning after the 2012 Academy Awards.

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Disney-ABC Domestic Television announced Friday the Live! With Kelly’s After Oscar Show will broadcast live from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre on Feb. 27.

Oscar-themed programming is set to include interviews with winners, presenters and a fashion panel assembled for the show. To help fill the super-sized venue, the show is running a contest with Slim-Fast to award three viewers a trip out for the taping.

Live, which has been enjoying a 4 percent ratings bump since the departure of co-host Regis Philbin, is suddenly down 10 percent from this time last year. The drop has been attributed to viewers tuning in after Philbin's high-profile announcement of his departure on Jan. 18 of 2011.

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