Kelly Ripa excited Live! viewers on Wednesday, when she made a “big announcement” as to who could be co-hosting with her next.
A day after Michael Strahan started co-anchoring full-time on Good Morning America, Ripa revealed that one lucky fan will have the opportunity to be a guest co-host. “Now it’s time to put your mouths where your thumbs are,” she quipped, adding that she’s read social media comments that call her job easy. “I’m building a co-host empire.”
Ripa explained that those interested in co-hosting Live! With Kelly will have until Sept. 20 to apply on the show’s website and Facebook.
Since Strahan left the ABC program in May, a number of stars have sat alongside Ripa — but never a viewer. This week, Morris Chestnut joined the 45-year-old TV personality on Live!, while other prior guest co-hosts include Carrie Ann Inaba, Andy Cohen, Keegan-Michael Key, Jimmy Kimmel, Jussie Smollett and Joel McHale.
A number of names have been thrown around as to who will be Ripa’s full-time co-host, with Anderson Cooper, Fred Savage, Rob Lowe and Alec Baldwin mentioned as possible frontrunners.
It was also reported on Monday that Ripa got a promotion, and is now a Live! executive producer.
Strahan co-hosted Live! for four years, and a source told ET that he was able to make amends with Ripa prior to his departure. “Kelly realized her issue wasn’t really with Michael, but the network,” a source said. “Are they best friends? No. But there definitely is some peace.”
by Jackie Willis