What goes on in Vegas most certainly will NOT stay in Vegas here!
Watch it go down (below)!!!
And while other rumored frontrunner Jerry O'Connell admitted he has yet to be approached by the ABC morning program, he would definitely have a hard time turning the offer down!
Speaking at a press event on Monday for his upcoming role on Mistresses, the actor said it would be a "dream" to work next to Ripa every morning!
He told Us Weekly:
As we're sure you know, there's a WHOLE LOT of drama going on at LIVE! with Kelly and Michael ever since Michael Strahan announced he would be moving to Good Morning America.
Since then, there has been all kinds of chaos with Kelly Ripa being a bit pissed off, Strahan being pushed out a bit earlier than expected, and rumors of Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, Mario Lopez and EVEN Regis Philbin replacement cohosts.
Well the former NFLer attended the Met Gala on Monday night and talked with Entertainment Tonight about about all the drama and said people have "the wrong impression" about what went down during the meeting where Ripa found out!
The 44-year-old went on to dish on the controversy saying:
With the former NFLer's departure, rumors have already started flying about who could replace him.
Ch-ch-check out Andy and Anderson try and pawn the job off on one another before finding the ULTIMATE solution (below)!
But according to reports, another seasoned TV personality has been "approached" to replace Strahan — and we're talking about none other than Regis Philbin!
That's right! Sources told Page Six that the OG LIVE! anchor himself was entertaining the idea of returning to the long running daytime show.
An insider explained that the production reached out to Philbin's longtime agent Kenny DiCamillo to discuss the possibility of Reeg returning to his natural habitat, noting:
We knew it was too good to be true…
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