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“Jerry is a great friend of ours, and a friend of Kelly’s, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s an entertainment icon,” said “Live!” executive producer Michael Gelman. “It’s a great way to kick off the new beginning of our show.”

It also was announced that Jason Segel, Kim Cattrall, Howie Mandel, Jamie Oliver and Miss Piggy will be among the guests in the new “Live! with Kelly” era.

• Compiled from Web and wire service reports.