Kelly Ripa Says Anderson Cooper Is The Live Cohost ‘That Got Away’ As She Talks Finding A Replacement On WWHL!

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Talk about besties!

As you already know, Kelly Ripa has had some fun finding her new cohost after Michael Strahan left their show back in April, and now the blonde beauty is giving some updates!

On Wednesday night, Ripa stopped by her best bud Andy Cohen‘s Watch What Happens Live with the pair’s OTHER BFF, Anderson Cooper, and dished all about Live!

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Shortly after Strahan bounced, rumors started flying that Kelly might want Anderson as her new cohost — and apparently they were SPOT ON! After asking the 46-year-old if the CNN host would have been Kel’s number one pick, the bubbly morning host replied:

“He’s my life. He really is. He’s the one that got away and keeps getting away and gets away all the time.”

Oh what could have been!

That wasn’t the ONLY Live talk that came up though as Ripa also revealed during a game of Hosty or Not Hosty that she could totally see celebs like the Kardashians, Billy Bush, Lindsay Lohan, or Kathie Lee-Gifford joining her. SRSLY?!

The mother of three also fielded a question from a caller who wanted to know when Live might find Strahan’s replacement and Anderson and Andy’s best friend replied saying:

“We really didn’t set a timeframe for ourselves, we just wanted to wait until we found the right person. What we didn’t anticipate was that we would have such an outpouring of interest, so our list got very long very quickly. So we’ve been trying to keep it as narrow as possible, but then people pop up.”

We hear that! We just hope Kelly finds the perfect fit!

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But the episode wasn’t all about Miz Ripa’s search for a professional partner as Cohen and Cooper revealed they were once set up on a “blind date”! The meetup didn’t workout though because apparently the WWHL host broke one of Anderson’s cardinal rules of dating as he dished:

“When Andy and I were first set up on a blind date ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ which never happened because we had a phone call and after two minutes, I was like, ├óΓé¼╦£I’m not dating this guy,’ He broke my cardinal rule, which is, he mentioned my mom within the first, like, four sentences of meeting me. If somebody does that, that’s a deal breaker. I was like, ├óΓé¼╦£And we’re never going on a date.’ “

One of the most fun bits of the night came when the celebs played a very revealing game where their assistants either answered personal questions about their bosses or took a drink! LOLz!

Ch-ch-check out Ripa address finding a new Live cohost (below) AND watch as all of the assistants dish some dirt!

Kelly dishes on Live‘s cohost timeframe:

The assistants dish some dirt:

[Image via Instagram.]

Dec 1, 2016 8:10am PDT

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