Michael Strahan’s decision to leave ‘Live With Kelly & Michael’ is shocking to say the least, but there’s no time to sit around and be sad: a replacement for the personable host has to be found! Click through to vote for who you think should now co-host with Kelly Ripa!
We can’t let Kelly Ripa sit at that table all by her lonesome! With Michael Strahan‘s announcement on April 19 that he’s departing Live With Kelly & Michael to join Good Morning America full time, it’s time to think about who will be replacing him! Anderson Cooper? Mark Consuelos? Peyton Manning? Click through to vote for your pick!
Luckily, there are plenty of talented men in Hollywood who are dying to get Michael’s job! Kelly’s not going to have any problem filling that seat! When Regis Philbin, now 84, left the show in 2011, Kelly tried out a whopping 56 co-hosts, hosting the show for almost a year by herself with the rotating cast before choosing Michael in 2012. Their chemistry couldn’t be denied!
Fifteen years later, it’s time for Kelly to go through that process again. She has to find a guy she can banter with in front of the studio audience, and have amazing chemistry with. So who better to have as her cohost than her husband, Mark? Mark has already guest-hosted a number of times over the years, and they’ve done an incredible job together. People love them together! They met as costars on the soap opera All My Children years ago, so you know they can play out their true chemistry onscreen!
Someone else who banters well with Kelly: her bestie Anderson! The CNN host is actually pretty goofy and fun when he’s not delivering the hard facts on the news, and you can tell how much he and Kelly truly love being around each other. They would be perfect together! If the show wants to follow up Michael and take another retired NFL star, who better than newly-retired NFL great Peyton? Right?! Can you imagine how great that would be? We know from his stints on SNL that he’s totally funny, and he could carry his own with some of the biggest stars in the game. It’s different off the field, but he could handle it!
Another suggestion would be to bring on funny stars from some of ABC’s great sitcoms. Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell or Blackish‘s Anthony Anderson would give the show some needed laughs, and challenge Kelly to let loose, too. Think of how great she was on Broad City; she could do that every day! Though his show is on Netflix, we can’t help but dream about handsome John Stamos being on TV every single morning!
Although these dudes haven’t auditioned in the past, their guest gigs have charmed us: Jerry Seinfeld and Neil Patrick Harris! Josh Groban wanted the job badly when Michael originally got the gig, and we think he should get a chance. Of course, you could go with the tried and true route and stick with an old favorite — bring back Regis!!
HollywoodLifers, who do you think should replace Michael? Tell us in the comments!