Who Will Be Kelly’s New Co-Host On ‘Live!’? We Have A Few Ideas

To the left, to the left. Micheal Strahan is putting everything he owns in a box to the left and preparing his departure from Live!; his last day being this Friday. Our questions are no longer, “Why is Daddy leaving?” but, “Who is going to replace Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa’s cohost on Live!?

Frequent guest cohost, Jerry O’ Connell, has recently weighed in on the whole mess, announcing that he is #TeamKelly, which… Do you even know anybody who isn’t? Even if you’re a big Strahan fan, you’ve got to admit that announcing his departure on air without telling Ripa ahead of time is insanely unprofessional.

In a recent interview with US Weekly, O’Connell kissed major ass.

“It would be an honor — I would do anything Kelly asked me to do,” O’Connell says of joining Ripa permanently. “That’s how much I respect her.”

Alright, calm down there. This is reading very desperate. While Ripa probably doesn’t want to partner up with someone full of on-air surprises, she’s probably not going to want an obedient puppy-dog either.

Here’s our list of who we think Ripa should consider as her new cohost.

Rosie O’ Donnell

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She’s definitely got the resume for it, having hosted her own talk show for 6 years. Not only would it be nice to have two women – and one who’s an openly gay woman at that – host the show together, but it’ll be a hilarious moment when Jerry O’Connell hears that it’s not him and that it’s in fact Rosie O’DONNELL. He’ll probably be like, “Is this some kind of typo?”


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Everybody loves Elmo! He would never do anything to upset Kelly Ripa, or anybody for that matter. If Elmo cohosted, mothers who wake up to Live! can invite their children to watch too! Plus, Ripa could work him like a puppet, since he is literally a puppet.

Kobe Bryant

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According to all the bros at all the bars, he’s retiring this year and will therefore be unemployed. Strahan played a sport (football) and so did Kobe (basketball). A popular athlete replacing a popular athlete makes sense to me.

Justin Timberlake

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Sure, he’s a busy guy, but what a personality! He’s one of few celebrities to continue to kill it on SNL and he’s beyond charismatic in interviews. Then they also have the option of having a segment called “From Justin To Kelly,” where Justin gives Kelly some kind of gift basket or life advice.

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“Jodi Dietz” would be add a nice dose of approachability to Ripa’s stiff and polished demeanor. This way we could get the gossip of what’s going on within Jodi’s circle of friends as well as watching the latest cat video that her friend from college emailed her.


We all know that Kelly could steer this ship alone, so let her do it! This way there is no risk of anybody acting a fool like Strahan did, and she’s the heart and soul of that show anyway.