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Char Margolis on 'Live! With Regis & Kelly'
Whether one believes that self-proclaimed psychic Char Margolis, a veteran guest of many a TV talk show, actually has the ability to supernaturally read other people, she was on the money very publicly at least once on live television: A 2000 visit to “Live” during one of the show’s recurring “Psychic Weeks” early in Kelly Ripa’s initial auditioning period to become Regis Philbin’s regular co-host.
Ripa had been keeping a secret: she and husband Mark Consuelos had learned they were expecting their second child, but they’d yet to tell anyone for fear of blowing her big opportunity there — she’d even balked at appearing with Margolis, but Consuelos assured her the psychic would never detect the pregnancy. Except that within just a few moments of conversation with Ripa, Margolis predicted that a new baby was coming, and soon. Noticing Ripa’s teary-eyed response, Philbin asked directly if she was expecting; “I haven’t told my boss yet,” the chagrined Ripa replied. Today, Ripa contends the wildly unexpected moment and the audience’s thrilled response cemented her position in their hearts and at Philbin’s side. “I really am convinced that you’re the reason I wound up getting this job,” she subsequently told Margolis.