Kelly Ripa For The Holidays: The ‘Live’ Co-Hosts Wrapping Up 2016

Kelly Ripa’s co-hosts will be ending the year with a bang on ABC morning show Live with Kelly. In a co-host continuation of the past seven months, Ripa’s rolling parade of celebrity co-host guests will be on hand to enliven the Christmastime stretch as Live with Kelly wraps up 2016. Will your favorite Live co-host be joining Ripa to toast the new year? Find out who’s partnering with the morning queen for the last two weeks of December.

As advertised during the popular broadcast and on Live with Kelly’s Instagram, returning celebrity co-host guests like actor Christian Slater and singer Michael Buble will be making the morning TV rounds with Kelly in the latter days of 2016. Also joining Ripa in a co-host capacity for the year’s final fortnight will be frequent Live visitor and Party of Five dude Scott Wolf, comedians Kevin Hart and John Mulaney, and On Air host Ryan Seacrest.

Richard Curtis, the Pennsylvania high school music teacher who won Ripa’s recent “Live with Kelly and You” contest, will also make a returning co-host appearance to cap off December. Fans of Live with Kelly appear to have enjoyed the newcomer enough to warrant a few reprising co-host spots from the Souderton High educator. Could Curtis possibly be poised to become Kelly Ripa’s long-term Live broadcasting partner?

Host Kelly Ripa with a dog, speaks onstage during the CNN Heroes Gala 2016.
Kelly Ripa speaking onstage with a dog at the CNN Heroes gala 2016. [Image by Mike Coppola/Getty Images]

As longtime Live with Kelly viewers are now painstakingly aware, Ripa’s seemingly endless display of part-time, fill-in co-hosts began in May with the sudden exit of her former small screen foil, Michael Strahan. Strahan jumped ship to help co-host rival ABC morning show Good Morning America, and reported tension understandably ensued between the one-time TV duo. Since then, frequent Ripa co-host guests such as newsman Anderson Cooper, actor Jerry O’Connell, and even The Wonder Years star Fred Savage have been floated by media outlets as possible Live co-host contenders. Do you think Cooper, O’Connell, or Savage have a shot at being Kelly’s permanent partner?

As previously covered by the Inquisitr, Kelly Ripa’s TV host peer and Fox News personality Megyn Kelly co-hosted Live with Ripa last month. In her post-Election Day appearance, Megyn reportedly brought a significant ratings boost to the program, following a supposed drop in the show’s viewership after Strahan’s departure. Megyn Kelly’s pairing with Ripa followed the recent reveal of her published harassment allegations against former Fox CEO Roger Ailes.

Check out the complete schedule for Ripa’s upcoming Live with Kelly co-hosts directly below.

Kelly Ripa’s co-hosts, week of December 19

  • December 19: Scott Wolf
  • December 20: John Mulaney
  • December 21-22: Christian Slater
  • December 23: Michael Buble
Kelly Ripa, 2016 CNN Hero of the Year Jeison Aristizaba of Asodisvalle, and Anderson Cooper pose during the CNN Heroes Gala 2016 at the American Museum of Natural History on December 11, 2016 in New York City.
Kelly Ripa [L] and Anderson Coooper [R] with CNN Hero of the Year Jeison Aristizaba. [Image by by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images]

Kelly Ripa Live co-hosts for the week of December 26

  • December 27: Ryan Seacrest
  • December 28: Richard Curtis
  • December 29: Scott Wolf
  • December 30: Kevin Hart
Here is Kelly Ripa standing in a 2009 image by Michael Loccisano for Getty Images.
Kelly Ripa appears onstage back in 2009. [Image by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images]


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As diehard Live with Kelly watchers await news of a permanent co-host for Ripa’s show, the contest’s completion seems surprisingly further out. Will Kelly ever decide on a replacement for bygone TV buddy Michael Strahan? Who do you think should be Kelly’s new co-host?

Below, take a look at a YouTube clip of Ripa (with her husband Mark Consuelos in the co-host seat) interviewing Nick Cannon on Live with Kelly.

Are you watching Live with Kelly this week and next? Still waiting for a regular Kelly Ripa co-host to capture the Live role left empty by former co-host Michael Strahan? Give us your take on Kelly Ripa in the comments section.

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