Local teacher to return as Live! with Kelly co-host

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Souderton High School teacher Richard Curtis will get his wish... again!

Live! with Kelly announced on its Twitter account Thursday that Curtis will return as co-host on Monday, November 7.

Curtis also posted the announcement, saying he was "so excited to be back in that chair!"

Live! with Kelly airs at 9 a.m. each weekday on 6abc.

Action News was at Souderton High School last week as, students, faculty and staff watched Curtis' debute on a large projection TV in the high school gymnasium.

Their reaction was heartfelt and priceless.

In the "Live! With Kelly And You" contest, Curtis, a technology education teacher, initially beat out thousands of people, auditioning against pitch videos sent from across the country.

He had made a clever audition tape with the help of his students.

Twenty contestants were then picked to come on the show, with elimination rounds held each day. Curtis had to read a tongue-twister while eating peanut butter and dodging confetti.

Curtis' Souderton High family had no idea until the show aired live Friday morning that he had won.

It had been an emotional roller coaster, to say the least.

"Almost every day between 9 and 10 a.m. there hasn't been a lot going on except about whether or not Mr. Curtis will make it on Kelly Live!" said Assistant Principal Matt Haines.

So everyone was excited the country finally got a glimpse of their favorite teacher.

And the assistant principal had a request for Ripa.

"Alright, Kelly," said Haines. "Here's the deal: You got Richard for a day. I want to invite you back to Souderton to broadcast live from our gymnasium!"

It turns out Curtis is no stranger to TV. He directs his students through a live broadcast for the school.