It has just been announced that Jimmy Kimmel will be Kelly Ripa’s first guest co-host after Michael Strahan leaves “Live! with Kelly and Michael."
Kimmel, who is the host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in Hollywood, will be flying out to NYC to help co-host the show on Monday, May 16. He’ll be in town for ABC’s annual upfront presentation to advertisers the following day.
ABC will be testing the waters with potential co-hosts, any of whom could eventually become the permanent replacement for Strahan. Rumors are swirling that Anderson Cooper, Regis Philbin, Josh Groban, Marla Maples, Khloé Kardashian, and Alec Baldwin could be other possible fill-ins.
A source recently told Page Six, “[Regis has] already been approached. It’s been a bunch of phone tag back and forth. It’s in the very early stages."
In April, a show spokesperson said, "After meeting with the producers of both 'Live!' and 'Good Morning America,' and after speaking with Kelly and Michael, we have decided on a plan that best advantages both shows for the future. To that end, Michael's last day on 'Live!' will be on Friday, May 13, which not only gives the show the chance to have a nice send-off for him during the May book, but to also immediately begin the on-air search for a new co-host.”