Anderson Cooper wants Live! gig, but bosses are ‘hesitant’

According to a report from ET, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper wants to be Kelly Ripa’s Live! co-host, following the exit of Michael Strahan to Good Morning America.

But bosses at both networks, CNN and ABC, are reportedly “hesitant” about giving him the job.

ET notes that Cooper expressed his interest in hosting both Live! as well as his primetime show on CNN, AC360. Last week, Cooper guest-hosted alongside Ripa.

CNN is reluctant in allowing their primetime anchor to have split loyalties, given that CNN has pledged to go “all in” for the 2016 election. Cooper, who has hosted debates and town halls for the network, is a large part of CNN’s election coverage, alongside colleagues Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer.

ABC bosses, meanwhile, have concern over his failed talk show, Anderson, and aren’t completely sold on adding him to the succesful Live! franchise.

Anderson Cooper to co-host Live! on Wednesday and Thursday

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, AC360 anchor Anderson Cooper will join ABC syndicated talk show Live! alongside his friend, Kelly Ripa, reports Brian Stelter in his newsletter.

It has been floated that Cooper is a frontrunner to join the Live! as Ripa’s cohost, replacing Michael Strahan, who left the show earlier this month to join ABC’s Good Morning America.

When it was mentioned during an appearance on Fox News, Cooper coyly remarked, “I’m always open to new opportunities.”

As Cooper told his friend (and, it’s worth noting, Ripa’s) Andy Cohen, “It would be a dream to work with Kelly, but nobody’s offering me anything.”

Live with Kelly Ripa and Anderson Cooper?

With the news that Live! co-host Michael Strahan is leaving the morning talk show to join Good Morning America, speculation is whirling as to whom Strahan’s replacement will be… and some talks have centered around CNN primetime anchor Anderson Cooper.

Cooper and Kelly Ripa are longtime friends, and Cooper has filled in on the show in the past during co-host Strahan’s absences or former co-host Regis Philbin’s absences.

PageSix reports that Cooper is the current frontrunner to replace Strahan as Ripa’s cohost, and given his proclivity to host fluff game shows at CNN, as well as his own (canceled) talk show, and his hard news Anderson Cooper 360 program, Cooper would probably be a welcome fit at Live!

ET cautions that Cooper will likely need CNN’s permission to host the talk show since he is under contract.

Cooper’s CNN contract is thought to expire after the election cycle.

Wait – does Chris Cuomo still work for ABC News… or CNN?

Just one sec.

Does Chris Cuomo still work for ABC News’ Good Morning America, or is he at CNN as the co-anchor of New Day?

Well, CNN, of course…

But on ABC’s website, there is a post (via the Associated Press) announcing today: “Good Morning America co-anchor Chris Cuomo is 45.”

Regardless of the fact Cuomo left GMA for 20/20 in 2009…

Robin Meade on ratings

“I like to say… It’s good to be wanted.”

Flashback to an interview in June 2013, with HLN’s Morning Express anchor Robin Meade with HuffPost Live host Abby Huntsman.

Why am I bringing up an almost-two year old video?

In it, Huntsman asks Robin, “You have great ratings. You have higher ratings than Morning Joe, but you hear more about the shows on MSNBC and CNN. Is that ever frustrating?”

“Sometimes… I wonder if it’s because we’re based at the CNN Center in Atlanta, and not here where, I think most of the shows come from within ten blocks of another…”

Of course, early in January, CNN took out a NYT ad, touting CNN/HLN’s successes over MSNBC. But HLN doesn’t get much credit for when it beats CNN… which it has done very regularly this past month. In fact, Robin even beat New Day in the total ratings, which is surprising. Usually, when Robin beats the team of Chris Cuomo, Alisyn Camerota and Michaela Pereira, it’s in the key demo, not the total.

Even though Zucker said, “There’s nobody better in morning TV than Robin Meade,” she’s still just at HLN, and getting little to no promotion… and she’s beating Zucker’s baby.

GMA likes CNN’s Sex, Drugs, Silicon Valley

So, needless to say, ABC’s Good Morning America like CNNMoney’s new digital series, Sex, Drugs, and Silicon Valley.


Because GMA aired a report based on Laurie Segall’s CNNMoney series, but blurred the CNN logo!

Laurie Segall added in a separate tweet that GMA booked the same man that CNN based the series on, showed the above graphic, but blurred the CNN image when they referenced her report!