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One of the best things to come out of this whole Live! with Kelly and Michael drama is that we get to speculate for weeks about who will be taking Michael Strahan's seat next to Kelly Ripa next month!
There have been rumors that Anderson Cooper, Jerry O'Connell, and Mario Lopez are currently the front-runners for the open spot, and now one of their biggest competitors has officially dropped out of the race.
The 47-year-old spoke to UsWeekly at the Below Deck: Mediterranean premiere on Thursday where he denied rumors that he'd be taking over for Michael, saying:
Sooooo… is he in or is he out?!
During his appearance on Watch What Happens Live, a caller asked the CNN anchor how he felt about the talk show host bailing on Kelly Ripa, and whether or not he would sit beside his famous friend at the desk.
The journalist gave a pretty politically correct answer, trying not to show his hand, saying:
"Listen I love Kelly, and Kelly is the heart and soul of that show. It's gonna go on and continue to be great and I wish Michael the best in his new endeavor."
But, that wasn't enough for the Bravo exec!
The active member of #TeamKelly asked the TV personality point-blank if he'd take the job, to which the silver fox replied:
The whole drama surrounding Live with Kelly and Michael has almost been out of control ever since Michael Strahan announced he would be leaving!
Well Kelly did receive an apology from Disney and ABC for not letting her know about Strahan's exit first, but she was OBVIOUSLY still pretty pissed about the whole thing at her first show back yesterday.
One of the biggest surprises from the former soap opera star's return though was that the show announced Michael would no longer be leaving in September, but rather his last Live show would be May 13 — four months early!
While this sounds like the network trying to make up for their mistakes, an insider revealed to Us Weekly that Kelly is still "talking about leaving."
The insider went on to reveal that even though Jerry O'Connell is being considered, Ripa
We didn't think we could get surprised again after Michael Strahan shocked us with the announcement he was leaving Live! With Kelly & Michael in September.
Well, it's all true. And ABC has reasoning that does NOT include trying to avoid the awkwardness between its stars.
A show spokesperson confirmed the news to Entertainment Weekly, saying:
When you mess with Andy Cohen's BFF, you mess with Andy Cohen!!
The Bravo TV personality is very close with Kelly Ripa, of course, so people have been very interested to see what he'd say about her recent TV talk show drama with soon-to-be former cohost Michael Strahan — and on Monday, Cohen weighed in!!
The producer and host spoke out about the Live With Kelly And Michael drama on his own SiriusXM talk show on Monday, and Cohen was none too pleased with Strahan's move, even going so far as to pretty much call it a mistake, saying:
Michael Strahan shocked America on Tuesday by announcing he would be leaving Live With Kelly and Michael for a full-time position on Good Morning America!
And apparently, Kelly Ripa was just as surprised — because her costar of four years dropped the bomb on her right after Tuesday's show!
Production sources told TMZ that the former NFL star sat down with Ripa and exec producer Michael Gelman at 10:30 a.m. EST to let them know he was parting ways with them for another morning talk show!
According to the source, Kelly and Gelman were "stunned and upset" by the news — because no one on the show had ANY clue Strahan was about to switch teams!
Though it doesn't sound like the secrecy is the former New York Giants player's fault, as the stealthy move was orchestrated by Disney CEO Bob Iger — who reportedly already has a replacement plan to fill the seat next to Kelly.
One source told ET that the perky blonde's close friend Anderson Cooper is a frontrunner to fill in — though the silver fox might need CNN's permission to do the show.
Another strongly rumored candidate is award-winning host
Donald Trump is busy running one of the most ridiculous right wing campaigns of all time — yet still somehow has the time to compulsively tweet every thought that comes into his head.
But even though the presidential hopeful takes the time to compose every single one of his Twitter gems, he's doesn't always have time to send them!
During a town hall on CNN with Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night, the GOP frontrunner said that during his busy hours, he will "just shout" out what he's thinking to one of his secretaries.