Anderson Cooper’s Waiting for That ‘Live! With Kelly and Michael’ Offer to Roll Through
Your move, ABC.
Anderson Cooper, a prospective candidate for Michael Strahan’s soon-to-be open seat on Live! With Kelly and Michael expressed his enthusiasm in the position on a visit to Watch What Happens Live. When a caller phoned in to ask him about the drama between Strahan and Kelly Ripa, Cooper responded, “Listen, I love Kelly and I think that show is… Kelly is the heart and soul of that show and it’s going to go on and continue to be great and I wish Michael the best in his new endeavor.”
However, there’s one technicality that’s standing in Cooper’s way between himself and the Live! stage. “I’m very happy at CNN,” he continued. “It would be a dream to work with Kelly, but nobody’s offering anything, so…”
Ripa took a brief hiatus after Strahan announced his departure from the daytime talkshow and returned on Tuesday (Apr. 26) with an emotional monologue to express her sentiments on the matter. “Since we’re being honest, I don’t consider this just a workplace,” said Ripa. “This is my second home. This is a place that I’ve devoted myself to, not just because of you, our loyal viewers, but because of all of the producers and the crew who work on this show. We have an incredible team. We are incredibly devoted to one another. We are family.”
Though it was originally conceived that Strahan would leave the show in September to begin his stint at GMA, it has been reported that, instead, he will leave within the next few weeks.