Here’s What Kelly Ripa Is Looking for in Her Michael Strahan Replacement

Trust? Less height?

Kelly Ripa describes the ideal co-host that would replace soon-to-be full-time GMA staffer Michael Strahan on Live! in a telling interview with People, facing the fact that finding the perfect mate is not a simple feat.

“It doesn’t fall out of the sky, it takes a lot of work, and it takes a group discussion,” says Ripa, elaborating that the major keys in an on-air partner are “chemistry and camaraderie and trust.”

The Live! co-hostess cheekily dissuades the rumor of hiring Anderson Cooper for the part, instead analyzing the chemistry factor mathematically like an equation. “I like having a partner,” Ripa concludes of the “mom and dad” relationship that she seeks. “I don’t think it works otherwise. I need someone sitting next to me.”

Read Ripa’s full interview in People when it hits newsstands on Friday, May 13.