Kelly Ripa on Anderson Cooper: He’s the ‘Live!’ Co-Host ‘That Got Away’

WATCH: Andy Cohen Reveals Why He Credits Kelly Ripa for Saving His Life
Andy Cohen stopped by Live with Kelly last week to join pal Kelly Ripa as a cohost and opened up about why her credits Ripa for saving his life

Awww, Kelly Ripa really wanted Anderson Cooper as her co-host on Live with Kelly, but alas he re-signed with CNN.

Ripa hung out with besties Cooper and Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live Wednesday night (Nov. 30, 2016), and Ripa admitted about Cooper, “He’s my life. He really is. He’s the one that got away and keeps getting away and gets away all the time.”

It’s been six months since Michael Strahan left Live and many celebrities have played guest co-host with Ripa, but she and the show still haven’t been able to pick a permanent co-host because the list is just too long.

“We really didn’t set a timeframe for ourselves, we just wanted to wait until we found the right person,” she told Cohen. “What we didn’t anticipate was that we would have such an outpouring of interest, so our list got very long very quickly. So we’ve been trying to keep it as narrow as possible, but then people pop up.”

Also revealed on WWHL: Cohen and Cooper were once set up on a blind date, but Cohen blew it because he talked about Anderson’s mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.

Cooper explained, “When Andy and I were first set up on a blind date — which never happened because we had a phone call and after two minutes, I was like, ‘I’m not dating this guy.’ He broke my cardinal rule, which is, he mentioned my mom within the first, like, four sentences of meeting me. If somebody does that, that’s a deal breaker. I was like, ‘And we’re never going on a date.'”

Watch Cohen, Ripa and Cooper’s assistants play “Truth or Drink!”