LIVE! With Regis and Kelly... and Jason?

By: Jason Colthorp
By: Jason Colthorp

Today was weird to say the least.

It's early on Monday morning and I'm thinking about two things: coffee and golf-- in that order.  Golf because today was the 11th annual Ronald McDonald House Golf Classic which I have been involved with for the last 7 years.  Just before I leave the house for Biggby and that luscious tall mocha caramel, I remember I need to tape Regis today.  Friday somebody mentioned they thought Monday was the day they would announce the finalists for the co-host for a day contest.  But it's early on a Monday and I haven't had my coffee and remembering to bring my suit for work later was the only thing my brain was capable of capturing on this morn.

About 10 a.m. I was about to hit my second tee shot on the 13th hole at MSU Forest Akers when my phone went off.  It was my friend Aaron with a one-word text: "Congrats."  I sent back "For what?" and hit my shot.  It was a beauty down the fairway.  I was hitting tee shots and MSU Women's Basketball coach Suzy Merchant was on the green hitting putts.  Golfers give a donation of their choice to the House and today was a great success.  Anywho, after I hit my shot I wondered if he was talking about the show.  I got a little excited.  His next text said: "Regis."  Now I was nervous.  Then came about four more texts saying congrats and my Facebook started lighting up.  Now I was pumped.

The next four or five groups didn't get great shots, because I could hardly concentrate and my hands were a little shaky.  And it wasn't the coffee's fault.  It was the thought of possibly sitting next to Kelly Ripa on national television. 

The rest of my day consisted of trying to send out messages getting as many people as possible to vote for me, simply because the other 9 finalists are from bigger cities like Miami, Tampa and Chicago.  That's a lot of people to go to their computers.  A few more than in Lansing.  So, Julie started hitting the Facebook, making calls and sending texts to get the word out along with a few others.  She called the MSU Alumni Foundation, the State Journal (which never called because it's not big enough news apparently that a local guy has a chance to be on Live! With Regis and Kelly) and many others to start spreading the news.

While I'm talking about Julie, she does have to get a lot of credit for my audition tape that I sent in that they must have liked.  Using the kids was her idea.  Having Leah hold the funny sign was her idea.  Going to the Lugnuts game was her idea.  Way to go, babe!

Also gotta thank Darrin Rockcole for seeing the contest on our website just days before it ended and for the a.m. producer Tammy Pitts-Williams making sure I knew about it and to get my butt in gear to send in my tapes.

And of course, thanks to all who voted for me and got the word out already.  Now to you-- GO OUT AND VOTE!  You can do it on our home page at the breaking news story or by going to


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  • by ed Location: grand haven on Apr 7, 2010 at 09:09 AM
    coldthorp is a emasculated girlie man a liar and a fake he constantly lies(see the roll bar on ch-10-2) this punk is a paid whore for the illumanati thus this appearance "lies with regis"
  • by Mark C Location: Sammy's on Sep 4, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    You're the best Jason, Just like your Uncle Mark
  • by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    Debbie: Well it might be my dad if you're old enough. But yes, whoever it was, we're related. To all offended by "it's ok it's Michigan... it's northern Kentucky" LIGHTEN UP-- IT WAS A JOKE!!!
  • by Paul Location: Naples Florida on Aug 12, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    Jason, How cool great job, I'm from lansing and it was great to see you on the air, wish I could get you down here. Great job!! You are a natural! best of luck
  • by Mike Location: Lansing on Aug 9, 2009 at 03:42 PM
    I tell you like I told lots of folks! You're to good for the market! Either get an agent or develope a show you can shop around..
  • by Denise Location: Fenton on Aug 7, 2009 at 09:08 PM
    Jason the show was great, we really enjoyed watching you,
  • by Pamela Location: Lansing on Aug 6, 2009 at 07:50 PM
    You were GREAT,as usual!
  • by Elaine Location: Lansing on Aug 6, 2009 at 05:53 PM
    Jason you were GREAT! I am sure the show expected someone who is comfortable in front of the camera, but I bet you impressed them with your incredible charm and quick wit. Your good looks didn't hurt either. I'm sure you'll go far but stay humble. Congrats!
  • by Jeannie Location: Charlotte on Aug 6, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    I thought you seemed at ease and silly (funny) all at once. Good job. Thanks also for saying *thankyou Michigan* at the end. Some people who have left negative comments failed to note that. I have always thought you would wind up on national news..still do! If your girls love horses have them come out with your wife, Ted and my mom. We have four here that love to be petted. One of them is very gentle to ride too. Open invitation. Take care and be sure you and your family relax and enjoy the Big Apple. Jeannie Hanson
  • by Betty Location: Okemos on Aug 6, 2009 at 08:18 AM
    Great show, Jason! Congratulations. My friend, Brenda, doesn't have a computer so she asked me to tell you that she also loved the show! You were terrific! Betty of Okemos
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