The search for a new Kelly Ripa co-host continues and it is not clear when a decision will be made. Chaos erupted on the “Live! With Kelly and Michael” set last spring when Michael Strahan revealed that he was leaving the show and Ripa was given virtually no heads-up ahead of the formal announcement. She has flown solo with guests hosts since Strahan’s departure and fans are anxious to see if anybody on the supposed short list permanently fills the spot.
Ripa’s buddy Anderson Cooper won’t be joining ‘Live!’ permanently
CNN’s Anderson Cooper has been at the top of the wish list for some time now, as he co-hosts with Kelly Ripa frequently and is a close friend of hers. According to the Hollywood Reporter, however, he has signed a new long-term deal with CNN and that means that while he will surely still step in to co-host here and there, he won’t be Kelly Ripa’s co-host on a permanent basis.
Cooper was reportedly Ripa’s top pick, and Kelly is said to have wanted Anderson by her side before Strahan was chosen back in 2012 as well. Alas, the CNN reporter continues to be committed to his serious gig and the “Live!” crew continues to find someone that is a fit for both Kelly and the audience. People has been maintaining a supposed short list of contenders to become Ripa’s co-host and Cooper’s name indeed was at the top of the list.