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:
“When I look at this whole situation, it’s worth noting that the two of them, Kelly and Michael, they had such great chemistry ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ such great chemistry. And I’m just looking at this ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ it just seems like a premature end to a great relationship. It ended way too prematurely, and I think so much has been written about this situation and how it was handled.”
The 47-year-old creator of so may Bravo-lebrities went on to give his own TV bona fides, proving he knows what he’s talking about, while calling out Michael for a short-sighted decision to leave Kelly’s side:
“I’ve been a TV executive, or a producer, for 25 years, so I’m always fascinated to see how TV things go down. I can’t say this went down in the greatest way. He had this great relationship on TV and it was a big, bad breakup. The thing that no one is talking about is to me, the job of cohosting Live is the greatest job in TV. And she’s so good at it and he was so good at it, but it’s a job that you take and you take it for life. She’s been at that job for 15 years. I can’t get over that he left Live where it was the best show ├óΓé¼┬ª Live with Kelly and Michael ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ your name is in the freakin’ title. You can spend your life here. You can spend 15 years here and make serious bank, by the way.”
Cohen wasn’t done there, though, perhaps leaving his biggest criticism of — or maybe warning to — Strahan for the end of his rant, while also sharing some thoughts on a future co-host for Kelly:
“He’s now with five people sitting at that crowded anchor desk. It’s like 18 co-anchors. And here’s my thing ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ what happens if the ratings don’t go up? ├óΓé¼┬ª What is going to happen to this sweet man? By then she will have a new cohost. I don’t know. I just don’t see how you leave the greatest job in TV to be one of five people. That’s what I couldn’t get over ├óΓé¼┬ª You know who I think would be great at that job? My buddy AC, [Anderson] Cooper. He would be so good cohosting that show.”
He WOULD be good co-hosting with Kelly — but do you think Anderson Cooper would ever make the jump?!
Above all, Cohen said what we are ALL thinking right now:
“I am really looking forward to tomorrow on Live. I can’t wait to see what she says. Who isn’t going to be watching that?”
Preach, Mr. Cohen!