Kelly Ripa Getting Guest Hosts

In a drama filled event, it was recently revealed that “Live! With Kelly and Michael” co-host Michael Strahan will be leaving his post on the chat show to join the team on the ABC morning new show “Good Morning America”.

Strahan is scheduled to leave the show on May 13. While the network works to find a suitable co-hosting partner for Kelly Ripa, the show will feature a series of guest co-hosts. The first of those is late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel will make his first appearance with Ripa on May 16.

Finishing out the first week will be Jussie Smollet of “Empire”, Cedric the Entertainer, ABC news anchor David Muir, and Daniel Dae Kim from “Hawaii Five-O”.

ABC has not released any official names for a replacement, but reports are that Ripa wants friend Anderson Cooper to be her new co-host. Cooper is currently under contract with CNN and is a contributor for the CBS news show “60 Minutes”.

Other names being listed as parties of interest are CNN’s Don Lemon, Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Groban, Mario Lopez, and original co-host Regis Philbin who is retired.

After the announcement was made that Strahan was leaving the show – which was originally planned for September – Ripa went AWOL for a few days and the decision was made for Strahan to depart in just a few weeks.

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