Anderson Cooper Will Not Be Kelly Ripa’s Next Co-Host On ‘Live’

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

Anderson Cooper will not be joining Kelly Ripa permanently as her next co-host on “Live.”

(Photo: ABC screen grab)

(Photo: ABC screen grab)

The 49-year-old host of “Anderson Cooper 360” has officially had his name taken out of the running to get the spot beside Ripa on “Live with Kelly,” after signing a new long-term contract with the news outlet, according to the Hollywood Reporter(RELATED: Kelly Ripa Might Have Already Found Her Next Co-Host For ‘Live’)

Cooper has filled in on the show multiple times since Michael Strahan’s surprising departure from the show in April.

The CNN host was said to be Ripa’s favorite to replace Strahan, who left the show to take a full-time position on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in April. He was also who she had wanted in back in 2012, but top executives at the company talked her out of it and they went with Strahan. (RELATED: Kelly Ripa Announces When She’ll Return To ‘Live’)

Anderson Cooper

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A source told the outlet that doing both shows would just be too difficult.

The search for a co-host continues, as the network is still auditioning candidates. Some people who have filled in along with Cooper include Fred Savage, Rob Lowe and Neil Patrick Harris. However, Harris has said he’s not interested.

Ripa has said before she was caught off guard by Strahan’s announcement and will most likely have some pull in who gets the job.

Katie Jerkovich

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