You’re going to be seeing a lot of different faces by Kelly Ripa’s side on ‘Live!’ once Michael Strahan leaves on May 13. Her first guest co-hosts include ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett and more! Check out the list now!
Kelly Ripa, 45, is going to have many guest co-hosts on Live! as the search for a permanent co-host gets underway. Jussie Smollett, 32, Cedric the Entertainer, 52, and more stars will be sitting with Kelly once Michael Strahan, 44, makes his departure on May 13.
Jimmy Kimmel will be filling in on May 16 — the first show after Michael leaves. The rest of the week’s lineup is: Empire star Jussie on May 17, Cedric the Entertainer on May 18, ABC News anchor David Muir on May 19, and Hawaii Five-0 star Daniel Dae Kim on May 20.
Michael was initially slated to leave Live! for a full-time Good Morning America gig in September, but after the explosive drama with Kelly surrounding the announcement, he decided his last show would be May 13. HollywoodLife.com learned EXCLUSIVELY that Michael was glad to get out of Live! early.
“There was no way he was about to sit up there, next to Kelly, uncomfortable, knowing there’s tension between them,” a source told us EXCLUSIVELY. “The mind games and awkward conversations between him and Kelly remind him of playing football — it hurts and he’s got a huge headache.”
Kelly will now have the entire summer to find a new co-host. Mario Lopez recently hinted about the gig on Ellen, and fave Anderson Cooper revealed on Watch What Happens Live! that he has not been asked to be Kelly’s permanent co-host.
Michael had been with Live! for four years until his departure. Kelly has been with the show since 2001. Kelly and Michael recently won Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host at the 2016 Daytime Emmys! So awkward, right?