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Former queen Oprah Winfrey crowns Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan

Guests Tyler Perry (left) Oprah Winfrey with Kelly RipMichael Strahan. | ABC/DISNEY

Guests Tyler Perry (left) and Oprah Winfrey with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. | ABC/DISNEY

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Updated: May 28, 2013 8:42PM

NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey doesn’t have a daily talk show anymore. But two years after abdicating her throne, the former talk-show queen is clear who she thinks now wear the crowns: Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.

Winfrey declared the co-hosts “the reigning king and queen” during a surprise appearance on Tuesday’s “Live with Kelly and Michael.”

Winfrey now runs the OWN cable network, where she appears on-camera less frequently, and insisted she doesn’t miss the daily talk-show grind.

She was brought on “Live,” unannounced, by guest Tyler Perry, who boasted, “I gotcha good.”

He is now producing shows for her network.

“You’re even better [looking] in real life,” a flustered Ripa gushed. Strahan, who has impersonated Winfrey on past episodes, fell to the floor to offer his back as her footrest.

Perry’s new drama, “The Haves and the Have Nots,” premiered Tuesday night. His new comedy, “Love Thy Neighbor,” debuts Wednesday.


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