They’re gonna need a bigger mug.
That’s how Kelly Ripa teased the coming announcement of a permanent co-host.
“Live” airs at 9 a.m. on Channel 2.
Ripa’s partnered with a steady stream of temporary sidekicks including Andy Cohen, Jimmy Kimmel and Christian Slater since former morning partner Michael Strahan exited about a year ago to focus on “Good Morning America.” She stayed away for several days, reportedly furious over how the announcement regarding Strahan was handled.
But the two patched things up and his farewell show was full of love and laughs. Ripa shared a video montage of highlights from his time on the show – including when they visited the White House, the salute to Strahan’s Hall of Fame induction and a slew of on- location stunts.
“The past few years we’ve had a lot of fun,” Ripa said. “We’ve made a lot of memories. We even learned a thing or two.”
She presented him with a scrapbook and said no matter where he goes, Strahan will always be part of the “Live” family.
“We did every thing together. On behalf of myself and all of us: We couldn’t be prouder of you. You have given us so much joy in the mornings. We really are so proud of you. I look forward to watching you.”
Strahan said his leaving was “bittersweet.”
“It means the world that you give us an hour of your day,” he said. “We get more from that hour than you do.”
So .. who’s next? Looks like she’ll make the announcement today.