It was announced Tuesday (April 19) that Michael Strahan is leaving “Live with Kelly and Michael” to join the “Good Morning America” news team full time. He’s been appearing on “GMA” twice a week since 2014.
“I look forward to continuing to work with the incredible team at ‘GMA’. It is an exciting opportunity to be able to bring unique stories and voices to the audience,” says Strahan in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. “My time with ‘Live with Kelly and MIchael’ has been transformative, and my departure will be bittersweet. Kelly has been an unbelievable partner, and I am so thankful to her and the entire team. I am extremely grateful for the amazing support I’ve received from all of the fans.”
Of course, this immediately raises the question of who should replace Strahan as Ripa’s right-hand man. Her husband, Mark Consuelos, who has guest-hosted a number of times, is an obvious choice, as is Neil Patrick Harris, who has also guest-hosted a bunch and is friends with Ripa. But Zap2it has five other ideas for who could take over the hosting chair.
This “Watch What Happens Live” host is probably the most obvious choice after Ripa’s husband. He and Ripa are buddies, and he’s already filming a daily talk show in NYC. The only downside is that “WWHL” wraps at 11:30 p.m. ET and “Live” starts at 7:45 a.m. (according to the ticket site). Considering the hosts probably have to be in the studio much earlier than that, that’s quite the tight turnaround.
Along with Cohen, Ripa is famously friends with CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper. Sure, he’s super busy — he’s like the Neil Patrick Harris of cable news. But perhaps he could squeeze in a daytime talk show gig. “Live with Kelly and Anderson” has a great ring to it and the two of them have wonderful chemistry together.
Who says the new co-host has to be a man? Zoe, a gal pal of Ripa’s, would provide a nice foil to Ripa’s larger-than-life, bubbly personality. She also has TV experience from her Bravo show “The Rachel Zoe Project.”
This soaring singer has guest-hosted “Live” numerous times and always has a very effortless rapport with Ripa. They’re both sneaky funny, in that they’re much funnier than you expect than to be and you have to kind of pay attention to catch it all. He would make a great new co-host.
This may seem like an odd choice, but Diesel and Ripa have known each other since “long before she was hosting [‘Live’].” It would be amazing to see if the action star could get Ripa into “Dungeons & Dragons.”