Kelly Ripa will announce her new permanent co-host for “Live! With Kelly” on Septemeber 4, after having a staggering 59 temporary co-hosts since Regis Philbin left the show in 2011. However, Ripa hasn’t been shy in naming who her dream co-host would be.
Speaking to US Weekly, the 41-year-old presenter has said that her ideal presenting partner would be Anderson Cooper.
“We have a connection like nobody else,” Ripa told the magazine. “I worship him!”
However, she confessed that her dream may be slightly far-fetched; as Anderson’s increasingly hectic work schedule would make it near impossible for him to accept the position.
The sophomore season of Anderson Cooper’s eponymously titled, syndicated talkshow will begin on September 10, and as well as that, he has his CNN duties to carry out, so adding another presenting spot on top of those would prove difficult.
Jerry Seinfeld, Neil Patrick Harris, Cat Deeley and Kim Kardashian have all filled in as guest hosts on “Live! With Kelly” and there has been much speculation about who will get the job, with most reports suggesting New York Giants star Michael Strahan take his place next to Kelly on the famous high stool.
However, Ripa, who was recently spotted holidaying with Anderson Cooper has insisted that that even if the pair aren’t working together on this show, they are “destined” to work together on something else in the future.