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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, 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.

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4 Remarks

  1. May 12th, 2016 at 9:28 am
    K. Martinez says:

    Just a personal opinion here, but I think Anderson Cooper should turn it down if offered. I really enjoy Kelly’s morning show, but I think it’s beneath his talent. Occasional co-hosting is fine as he does with Kathy on New Year’s Eve, but daily? No.


  3. Kelly is really showing her true colors with Michael Strahan leaving. She’s not handling his departure in a respectful or classy way at all.

  4. I will resume watching Kelly, Live! Whomever the new host will be, anyone but departed Michael.

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