Kelly Ripa Co-Host: Michael Strahan Doesn’t Want His Old Job Back [Debunked]

As the Kelly Ripa co-host search on Live with Kelly soldiers on, a certain rumor regarding her former Live co-host, Michael Strahan, has been proven untrue.

The tabloid rumor was sparked this week, the fabrication claiming that Strahan was interested in regaining his one-time co-host position beside Ripa on Live. Strahan, the former football player who was Kelly’s co-host on the show from 2012 until 2016, left Live back in May for a spot on Good Morning America. Reportedly, Strahan is enjoying his current gig on GMA and has no desire to return to the Live with Kelly broadcast.

However, those certainties did little to stop the spread of false information this week, as tabloid outlets latched onto the possible story of Strahan wishing to get back in Ripa’s good graces. While Live with Kelly fans may wish for Michael to return to the show, it seems his mind has been made up with concern for Kelly. Regardless, the rumor that Strahan would like to return to Live has now been thoroughly debunked.

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan attend the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan in October 2015. [Image by Mark Davis/Getty Images]

The Kelly Ripa co-host rumors have been brewing for the past seven months, as Ripa continues to host the Live show each weekday morning with a bevy of celebrity co-host guests. While fan conjecture posits favorite Ripa co-host guests such as Jerry O’Connell, Fred Savage, and Anderson Cooper as frontrunners for the permanent co-host role, allegations that Michael Strahan wants to go back to co-hosting the show with Kelly Ripa are untrue.

Gossip Cop first tackled the Live co-host lie last week, making known that any current Kelly Ripa co-host news does not include Michael Strahan’s request to rejoin Ripa. The site mentioned a tabloid publication propagating the Strahan rumor, but mentioned their own inside source as blasting the falsehood as “absolutely not true.” It appears that Strahan is perfectly happy on GMA and doesn’t wish to reunite with Kelly Ripa.

Blasting News also picked up on the fake news item, adding that, despite the rumored reports, Michael “isn’t begging to return” to Ripa’s side on the Live program. The site also joins the current Kelly Ripa echo chamber of speculation in wondering if Ripa will ever, indeed, name a new permanent co-host on Live with Kelly. If you’re a Live fan, do you ever find yourself wishing that Michael would rejoin the show?

Television hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on the red carpet.
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan at a CNN event in 2013. [Image by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images]


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As previously reported by the Inquisitr, several of Ripa’s frequent celebrity co-host guests have thrown their hat in the ring as possible contenders for Kelly’s new co-host. As also covered by the Inquisitr, there was apparent animosity between Michael and Kelly during his May departure for Good Morning America and Ripa’s subsequent solo run as the main Live host.

While Ripa’s diehard fans and frequent Live viewers may sincerely miss Strahan’s demeanor on the show, it appears that a reunion between Kelly and Michael is simply not to be. Strahan has since made a name for himself on GMA, and Kelly appears to be doing just fine on her own while hosting the Live show with new and recurrent celebrity guest co-hosts.

Who do you think should be Kelly Ripa’s co-host on Live with Kelly? Did you believe the now-debunked rumor that Michael Strahan wanted to return to his Live co-hosting job? Who would be your pick for Ripa’s co-host? Let us know your thoughts on Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan in the comments section below.

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