Kelly Ripa Co-Host: Seth Meyers Out, Anderson Cooper In?

    August 21, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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It’s been an exhaustive nine months of searching for “Live! after Regis Philbin’s departure last November, but it looks to be drawing to a close soon. The producers have announced that they will be naming Kelly Ripa’s new co-host on September 4th.

Ripa has helmed the show with a whopping 59 guest hosts since Philbin took his leave, and some of those have filled in more than once. Seth Meyers of SNL and NFL star Michael Strahan are among those with the top appearances, and it’s been rumored for a while now that Meyers would be taking the permanent job of co-host. He shot down that talk, however, when asked about it last month.

“No, no, no, no, no,” he said. “I’m really in love with the job I have.”

While some fans have expressed that they want Ripa’s hunky husband, Mark Consuelos, to take the job, Ripa says her marriage wouldn’t withstand it. Word has it that the job will be given to someone who’s already hosted, which has started a wave of speculation, although one can narrow down the choices by leaving out the women who have stepped up over the past few months. It’s highly unlikely the producers would pair Ripa with another woman, banking instead on her ability to play off a member of the opposite sex. And although it’s not ultimately up to Ripa, she seems to have made her choice already: Anderson Cooper.

“We have a connection like nobody else,” she said. “I worship him!”

Cooper isn’t a likely choice, but the producers may surprise us come September 4th. The guests that day will be Claire Danes and “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips.

  • Terry

    I thought Anderson Cooper had his own show. Was that canceled? It aired opposite hers on CBS.

    • Baileyq

      You’re spot on. He still does. I don’t think that selection is likely either. My complete guess is it will be Michael Strahan. He’s co-hosted more than anyone else, and Kelly has made it no secret he’s one of her favorites. I personally think he’s a little too much, and not polished enough, but that’s just me. Whoever it is will need to balance her out though, her ego needs to be checked. Her head has gotten incredibly larger since Regis’ departure. Should be interesting to see who will take the permanant seat…..

  • Richard Geller

    I don’t really care, but would welcome a gay co host.

  • Jen

    I really hoped it would be Seth Meyers! I have to say if it is Michael Strahan I doubt I’ll continue to watch. He’s just too much for me.

  • Diane Howe

    The first guess was Anderson Cooper. Maybe he has a contract to complete and they are pacing things with all the try outs. One who had some potential was the guy who made the French toast in cup with her. Josh Groban does well but probably has other places to be. Neil Patrick Harris seemed bored. The ones who seemed to want the job were Michael Strahan and Nick La Shea. They haven’t tried a Robert Downey jr. type, (probably Gelman couldn’t afford him) or an older man like Dan Rather? President Bush? I’m grasping at straws here. I really appreciate they are trying so hard to please us.

  • jane carmichael

    Seth meyers would be my first pick, but I really like michael strahan. The problem with anderson cooper is his laugh. Otherwise I really like him.

  • annette Mayers

    I think the host will be Nick La Shea. They seem to work well together.

    • Jeff

      That would be the worst choice. Ugg.

  • Jeff

    Seth meyers would be my first pick. Anderson Cooper second. And why are you calling Mark Consuelos a hunk bitch? Who gives a shit.