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.”
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.