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Report: Anderson Cooper Chooses New CNN Contract Over Live With Kelly

The seat next to Kelly Ripa on Live won’t be filled by Anderson Cooper. The newsman has reportedly signed a new deal to remain at CNN, which takes him out of the running to be Ripa’s permanent Live co-host.

Cooper’s new deal, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will keep him in place as anchor of CNN’s primetime show Anderson Cooper 360, and also allow him to continue to film segments for CBS’ 60 Minutes. But sources tell THR the deal will not allow him to appear full-time on Live, the syndicated daytime talk show he has guest-hosted alongside Ripa many times in the past.

The seat next to Ripa has been empty since her Live co-host Michael Strahan left the show back in May to join ABC’s Good Morning America full-time, setting off plenty of behind-the-scenes drama. Cooper was believed to be Ripa’s top pick to replace Strahan, but THR reports that after signing his CNN deal, Cooper reached out to Ripa personally to let her know he wouldn’t be joining her.

He will continue to fill in as guest host, however. In fact, Cooper is scheduled to co-host Live with Ripa next Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Now that Cooper is out of the mix, who should be Kelly Ripa’s permanent co-host on Live? Hit the comments and give us your top picks.  

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  1. Tom says:

    Fred Savage or bust. But in all seriousness, anyone other than Jerry O’Connell. Can’t stand him. But Fred Savage is wonderful!

  2. MMD says:

    Thank goodness! He is an excellent journalist and not only would it be a waste of his talent, there is no way he was going to play second fiddle to Kelly or any other person on a fluff show except for Kathy Griffin on New Year’s Eve. I think, even though he and Kelly are friends, that the format would get old for him very quickly.

    I just wish he and Dr. Sanjay Gupta would do more specials like they used to.

  3. TV Gord says:

    Fred Savage! Fred Savage! Fred Savage! He’s been great filling in.

  4. Teresa Brame says:

    She needs Jerry O’Connell, he is awesome. Is he running for it?

  5. SassyAF28 says:

    Just hire Jerry O’Connell already!

  6. Jared says:

    Good decision by Anderson. He’s great, just not right for Live with Kelly. Jerry O”Connell on the other hand…

  7. Mark says:

    Kelly & Neil Patrick

  8. CAN says:

    Kelly couldn’t get a word in with Cooper. I would love to see Fred Savage as permanent host.

  9. Lucinda says:

    Oh so he doesn’t mind passing out propaganda? I mean after all how much of his salary did Hillary Clinton pay for with taxpayer money?

    • ninamags says:

      While your moronic comment doesn’t really merit a response, you are aware that Anderson is a trust fund baby?

      Worth many, many more millions of dollars than Hillary can ever earn?? That Gloria Vanderbilt pant-money is going straight into his pockets.

    • J says:

      I think you’re confused. He signed a contract with CNN not Fox News.

  10. He listened to me!! Good move Andy! DV

  11. He listened to me! Good move Andy! DV

  12. Jennifer Daly says:

    It’s down to Fred Savage and Jerry O’Connell and I hope they pick FRED! Fred for the WIN! PLEASE!

  13. David says:

    How about Michael Ausiello?

  14. Fire Kelly Please! says:

    Excellent Anderson! This is the smartest move you could have ever made to keep your dignity and professionalism intact. Ms. Ripa is going to ruin the poor sap who gets this co-host position. Wish Disney/ABC would wake up and smell the coffee and fire her narssistic butt!

  15. Marilyn Painter says:

    Fred Savage

  16. MJens says:

    Seriously, anyone is better than Jerry O’Connell. He is just ridiculous and tries way too hard.

    I wish she would go with someone less well known, like she was when Regis picked her. I like Fred Savage, but I think that she should try out more people…

  17. Brenda Peterson says:

    Fred Savage please!

  18. Ella says:

    Thank goodness. I would have never been able to take him seriously again. Good choice!

  19. Jamie says:

    I second all the comments rooting for Fred Savage- he was fantastic!

  20. Sherry Kimbrough says:

    Morris Chestnut, they seem to have very good chemistry together. They just work together very smoothly like it’s just meant to be. So Goodluck to you Jelly I love your show.

    • TV Gord says:

      Well, he has a prime time series, so I don’t think he’s in contention.

      • :-) says:

        Morris Chestnut’s show is on the bubble. If anything on Fox performs well this year Rosewood will probably be cancelled. He and Kelly were good together.

  21. Paula says:

    Neil Patrick Harris!! Neil Patrick Harris!! Neil Patrick Harris!! I like Fred Savage as an actor and director but have to turn off Live with Kelly whenever he is a co-host. Fred tries much too hard to be ‘everyman likeable.’ And Jerry O’Connell is absolutely insufferable! Did I mention how much I adore Neil Patrick Harris?

  22. Brandy says:

    Nooo! I was so looking forward to this. It’s weird, since he even did his own daytime talk show while staying on CNN.

    • TV Gord says:

      He taped his daytime show in the afternoon, so he didn’t have to work such a long day. Doing Kelly’s show at 9am and then his CNN in prime time wouldn’t be practical. Also, if he was sent out of town on a story, he’d have to be away at a moment’s notice, which would cause turmoil at the talk show. He was able to bank a number of his daytime shows for those times when he was out of town.

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  24. Share says:

    Drake or Common or Wayne Brady

  25. Jean says:

    Fred Savage would be perfect as the permanent co host ! Do not even consider O’Connell.Savage is a much classier guy for that show.

  26. Rizalina MadkinT says:

    1) Jerry O Connell
    2)Josh Brogan
    They are so funny. Fred is good, but Jerry is willing to do slapstick comedy and will be good for Halloween.

  27. Rhonda says:

    Not Neil Patrick Harris! I love Anderson Cooper with Kelly, darn. I vote for Harry Connick, Jr

  28. Will says:

    Jeff Probst. Make Jeff dress up for work.

  29. Lynn J says:

    Jerry O’Conner is a perfect balance & he is very funny too!

  30. Sue West says:

    FRED SAVAGE is the absolute BEST !!! Love his energy, class & charm. He adds so much & works well with Kelly

  31. Donna says:

    Fred Savage, they worked real well together, a real gentleman as well

  32. Donna says:

    Fred Savage

  33. Donna Devito says:

    Fred Savage

  34. C.Fitz says:

    Jerry O’Connell would be a great fit with Kelly…He’s informed and love the way he dances with the audience dancer of the day

  35. C.Fitz says:

    Morris Chestnut or Jussie were good with Kelly