This is such good news!
Amid rumors that Andy Cohen might join good buddy Kelly Ripa on her morning talk show Live, and after word came down that Bravo is developing a new companion show to Andy's infamous Watch What Happens Live, we've got good news: the king of the Housewives isn't going anywhere!
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Bravo announced in a statement to ET on Sunday that rumors about Cohen looking to leave WWHL are 'totally untrue!'
The network added:
For someone not being considered for the permanent position, he sure is guest hosting a lot…
Kelly Ripa probably hasn't given much thought to Michael Strahan ever since he blindsided her with his resignation, but it seems like the rest of the Live! crew wants to erase him from their memories as well.
That's because Kel and cohost Andy Cohen unveiled a brand new set on Friday morning, effectively erasing Michael's lingering presence from the ABC talk show!
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Kelly and Michael hosted at their regular desk together for four years, but the veteran TV personality clearly wanted a fresh start to this new era of her career so she's moved into a gorgeous Summer-y beach house for the next few months!
Plus, not only was the new set installed just in time for Memorial Day weekend… it also works perfectly for the Fleet Week theme they have going on, with an all-military audience!
…one they couldn't help but flirt with!
Ch-ch-check out Kelly and Andy's brand new Live! set (above)!!!
We're not used to seeing Andy Cohen this early in the morning, but somehow it just feels right!
That's probably because the Watch What Happens Live host had the perfect chemistry with BBF Kelly Ripa when he cohosted Thursday's LIVE with Kelly!
Though the Bravo personality already confirmed he would not be joining the morning talk show full time to replace Michael Strahan, it's clear that the audience was still rooting for him to get the gig!
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After the pair was greeted with an eruption of applause, Kelly and Andy admitted to both being a little hung over and discussed their fashion faux pas of the week.
Their natural banter continued throughout the episode, as Andy blurted out gems like:
This would LITERALLY be the most amazing thing to ever happen to daytime television!
It's been reported ABC has been eyeing Rob Lowe as Kelly Ripa's new LIVE! cohost!
According to an ET source, the network has been talking to the Parks and Recreation alum's reps in hopes of filling Michael Strahan's empty seat on the morning program.
The 52-year-old was in talks for the same gig back in 2012 when ABC was searching for Regis Philbin's replacement, after the charismatic actor impressed audiences over his two-day stint as guest host.
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While Lowe didn't get the job four years ago, the timing is looking a lot better this time around! Not only did his Fox show The Grinder get cancelled earlier this month, but he admitted to needing a distraction due to empty nest syndrome.
Speaking to ET earlier this week, Lowe didn't turn down the possibility of joining LIVE, explaining:
Now that the Michael Strahan drama is over, Kelly Ripa has been having fun with her cohosts while she searches for a permanent replacement.
Monday morning, we got a treat as Fred Savage returned to LIVE! with Kelly — and this time around he made things a bit dirty as he cracked Kelly up with his ridiculously funny sex stories!
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Not only did the Grinder star dish about the time he and his wife conceived his son with overly bloated stomachs, but he also talked about how he almost watched LIVE! while he had sex with his wife!
Ch-ch-check out Fred tell the ridiculously HIGHlarious sex story, starting around the 5:55 mark (below)!
It's a love affair! At least, temporarily, anyway!
Michael Strahan's time on Live! is officially over, which means Kelly Ripa is in need of a new cohost. In the meantime, the blonde beauty has plenty of famous friends filling in temporarily while ABC locks down a more permanent selection.
And now you can add Mark Consuelos to that list!
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Earlier this week, Miz Ripa's husband revealed that he would take a seat next to his wife on the popular morning broadcast, simply saying to E! News:
"I think a couple times."
Awww! Supporting his lady love off AND onscreen?! That just makes our hearts melt!
And as much as we would love to see Kelly and Mark hosting together all the time as a kickass couple, it doesn't seem like the Pitch star will be filling Michael's empty chair forever.
The gorgeous guy also didn't say much on the sensitive subject, but he did dish about his new show, saying:
On Friday, Michael Strahan cohosted his final show with Kelly Ripa finally putting an end to all that drama over the NFLer leaving for Good Morning America.
So now it's Jimmy Kimmel's turn to step in as a temporary replacement on the morning talk show — now simply titled LIVE! with Kelly — and boy did the late night host kick things off right.
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Instead of walking on eggshells, Jimmy steered straight into the storm and asked Kelly all the awkward questions about Michael and even questioned if the soap opera star has even done the show without panties. LOLz what?!
Ch-ch-check out Ripa's first show without Strahan as Kimmel makes things a bit awkward with his HIGHlarious questions!