Kelly Ripa: 2 Weeks of Live Co-Hosts Announced
Michael Strahan has officially left the building – more like the set.
On Friday, Kelly Ripa and her co-host hugged and kissed while saying their final goodbyes before Strahan, 44, heads over to ABC’s Good Morning America for his new role this fall. As the curtain closes on the former NFL pro’s time at Live, questions still remain – who will replace Strahan?
First order of business, ABC has announced who’ll fill the chair next to Ripa, 45, for the next two weeks.
Jimmy Kimmel will be the first person to fill in for Strahan on Monday, May 16.
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 take over the vacant seat on Thursday, and Hawaii Five-0‘s Daniel Dae Kim, 47, will close out the week on Friday.
When it comes to nailing down Strahan’s replacement, Ripa tells PEOPLE there’s a “formula.”
“You want somebody working there who’s comfortable working there. That’s how you figure it’s like a puzzle,” Ripa shares. “It’s very much like an equation, an algorithm. Let’s see, if we put somebody here and somebody there, and, ‘Oh, this guy really likes to talk about this,’ or, ‘This guy’s really good here,’ or, ‘This lady is amazing,’ or, ‘She was great last time, let’s give her another shot.’ “