Jimmy Kimmel Will Join Kelly Ripa as First Live! Guest Co-Host After Michael Strahan's Exit
Strahan's final show will be Friday, May 13
Kelly Ripa has her first guest co-host!
Though based in Los Angeles, Kimmel, 48, will be in New York, where Live! tapes, for ABC’s annual upfront presentation to advertisers that week.
Following Kimmel will be Empire‘s Jussie Smollett, 32, on Tuesday, comedian Cedric the Entertainer, 52, on Wednesday, ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir, 42, will takeover the vacant seat on Thursday, and Hawaii Five-0‘s Daniel Dae Kim, 47, will close out the week on Friday.
A source previously told PEOPLE that ABC has “a long roster of people will step in to guest host” and the network plans on “rotating a bunch of people in.”
The source said while that it’s unclear how long the rotating line of co-hosts might last as Ripa, 45, and the network search for a permanent replacement for Strahan, 44, ABC is “prepared to keep cycling people through even if its not resolved by the fall.”
As for who we can expect to see? The source says it will be the same familiar faces who filled in on Live! after Ripa’s former co-host Regis Philbin left the show in 2011.
“Expect to see people like Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, Josh Groban and Seth Meyers. They all came on a lot last time and she loved them,” the source said. “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.”
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights (11:35 p.m. ET) on ABC and Live! With Kelly and Michael airs weekdays (check local listings).