The producers behind Live! apparently have a huge roster of people who could step in to guest host alongside Kelly Ripa after Michael Strahan exits the daytime chat show.
Strahan is set to leave Live! With Kelly and Michael on Friday, May 13, but the show's producers have a strong selection of people to fill in afterward.
"The network does have a long roster of people who will step in to guest host," a source told People this week. "They'll do the same thing they did when they found Michael ... they'll rotate a bunch of people in."
As for what celebrities fans should be seeing filling in, the source says "people like Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, Josh Groban and Seth Meyers," adding, "They all came on a lot last time and she loved them. She is really close with Anderson and Andy and she loves them. But she's open to trying a bunch of different people. It was clear she really liked the process last time."
Cohen publicly stated to TMZ that he's too busy to take the job at Live! Meyers has his late night gig and Cooper is always busy at CNN. But anything could happen in the months to come that could cause one of these men to consider the job.
The search for a new co-host doesn't seem to have a set time limit. Even if the search goes through the fall season, it may not be an issue.
"Who knows how long it will take though," the source said. "They're prepared to keep cycling people through even if its not resolved by the fall."
Ripa returned to Live! on Tuesday after an extended break, following Strahan's announcement that he was leaving for Good Morning America.
"What transpired over the course of a few days has been extraordinary, in the sense that it started a much larger conversation about communication and consideration and most importantly respect in the workplace," Ripa told the Live! audience on Tuesday. "And since we're being honest, I don't consider this just a workplace," she said. "This is my second home."