12:29pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Kelly Ripa Hosting 'Live!' Post-Oscar Special From Kodak Theatre
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.
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.