Anderson Cooper joining Kelly Ripa? He reportedly is her first choice to replace Michael Strahan
It looks like Kelly Ripa wants Anderson Cooper to be her new co-host on Live! with Michael Strahan departing the show on Friday, People.com reports.
Kelly was asked if the CNN anchor, a real-life close pal, is front-runner for the coveted job.
She would only coyly reply: ‘Stay tuned.’
Anderson has co-hosted Live! many times in the past and their chemistry is excellent. I’d love to see it.
During a recent appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, a caller asked Anderson if he’s interested in the gig.
‘I love Kelly and I think Kelly’s the heart and soul of that show and it’s going to go on and continue to be great and I wish Michael the best in his new endeavor,’ he said in what looked like an effort to not answer the question directly.
So Andy Cohen asked more directly: Would he take the job if offered?
Replied Anderson: ‘Look, I’m very happy at CNN. It would be a dream to work with Kelly but no one’s offering me anything.’
Cooper has been especially high-profile lately as he has been the main anchor of CNN coverage of the US presidential campaign and moderated several debates and town hall meetings.
Also a correspondent for 60 Minutes, he has been juggling his regular duties with promoting a documentary and memoir he did with his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.
He hosted his own syndicated talk show for two years without giving up his CNN or CBS gigs.