Kelly Ripa to Be Honored By GLAAD, Will Accept Award From Anderson Cooper

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Kelly Ripa will be honored with the Excellence in Media Award at the upcoming GLAAD Media Awards in New York City, revealed E! News exclusively on Monday.

Kelly Ripa, who garnered the Best Entertainment Talk Show Host with cohost Michael Strahan at the Daytime Emmys on Sunday, will be honored for her support of the LGBT community. Kelly will receive the award from her good friend Anderson Cooper.

"For over a decade, Kelly Ripa has greeted millions of viewers with messages of acceptance and inclusion," GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. "By sharing inclusive stories with her audience and loudly voicing support for her LGBT friends and fans, Kelly is helping to drive acceptance forward."

Others to have been awarded the Media Award in past years include Diane Sawyer, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters, Judy Shepard and Russell Simmons, according to E!.

The event is scheduled for May 9 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and will be hosted by Ross Matthews.

Other awards will be presented On May 9 as well, including the Vito Russo Award, which will be presented to MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts.

Guests expected to attend this year's gala include Rupert Friend of Homeland, Laverne Cox, Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor and Glee's Jonathan Groff.

What to you think of Kelly Ripa's recognition?

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