Monday, April 22, 2024

All the Time “Live with Kelly” Producer Michael Gelman Was in the Studio, Wife Laurie Was Writing a Hilarious Novel


Laurie Gelman– I knew her as Laurie Hibberd a thousand years ago. She married “Regis and Kathie Lee” producer Michael Gelman, they are happy as clams with two beautiful teenage daughters. All that time, while Gelman was getting “chewed out” by Reege, Kathie Lee, Kelly, et al–  Laurie was watching and waiting. The result is that she’s written a very funny novel called “Class Mom.” It’s the beach read for the summer of 2017.

Last night at trendy Loi Estiatorio on West 58th St., Laurie celebrated “Class Mom” with a select group of media people I think they and I have known most of our adult lives. Among the guests: Regis and Joy Philbin, Kelly Ripa, Bryant Gumbel, NY radio star Marc Simone, actor Richard Kind, Peggy Siegal, Elizabeth Vargas, Dan Abrams, Rosanna Scotto, ABC’s David Muir, plus star agents Richard Leibner and Carole Cooper, and lots of current and former “Live” staff, plus the actual class moms who Laurie based her book on.

I don’t know who gave the nicer speech– Michael supporting his wife, or Laurie (who’s a sweetheart) thanking her husband and everyone in the room. It was an “aw shucks” kind of night. And just wait til “Class Mom” gets made into a movie, because that’s what’s going to happen next– count on it.

PS Laurie is scheduled to appear on “Live” this Friday as a guest. By then, everyone had better have “Class Mom” in hand!




Photo courtesy of Patrick McMullan

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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