Kelly Ripa to Receive GLAAD's Excellence in Media Award, Anderson Cooper to Present It

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Kelly Ripa will receive the Excellence in Media Award at the upcoming GLAAD Media Awards in New York City. Her good friend Anderson Cooper will present the award to the Live! With Kelly and Michael star. Ripa learned this exciting news on Monday.

"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."

Kelly Ripa will be in good company when receiving this Excellence in Media Award. Past recipients include Diane Sawyer, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters, Judy Shepard, and Russell Simmons.

The GLAAD Media Awards are scheduled for May 9th at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Ross Mathews will host the event. Distinguished guests will include Laverne Cox, Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, Jonathan Groff, and Homeland's Rupert Friend.

This isn't the only honor Kelly Ripa celebrated on Monday. On Sunday she won Best Entertainment Talk Show Host with cohost Michael Strahan at the Daytime Emmys.

Just days ago Kelly Ripa shared some emotional words in honor of the late Dr. Frederic Brandt. The renown cosmetic surgeon took his own life earlier this month.

Hopefully her Emmy Award and Excellence in Media Award from GLAAD will help lighten the heavy heart she has felt since her dear friend's passing.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.