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ABC Confirms Michael Strahan To Exit "Live" On May 13th! Who Should Be Ripa's Next Co-Host?

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After all was said and done, now Michael Strahan is exiting much earlier than originally announced from his co-host seat on Live with Kelly and Michael.  Seems after all the parties discussed the events that transpired, ABC, Good Morning American and “Live” felt it best for Michael to exit on May 13th!

This decision would allow Straham to integrate into Good Morning America more often this summer while also giving LIVE! more time to find a new co-host.

After Tuesday’s return to work, Ripa made her sentiments known to the studio audience and the audience at home.  E Online reports that a source revealed, “ABC could have tried to pre-tape her comments. They could have tried to block or censor her comments. They could have asked her to go out there and pretend like nothing happened. But ABC didn’t. I think the network deserves credit for that.”

So who should be Kelly Ripa’s new co-host now that Strahan is on his way out in a few weeks?  Share your thoughts below!

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Ricardo
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Ricardo

Neil Patrick Harris, Ryan Seacrest or Clay Aiken would all be good.

aria
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aria

she hates clay aiken, they had an on air fall out.

Carmen
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Carmen

what about Craig Ferguson, Patricia Heaton, and Anderson Cooper.

Mariah
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Mariah

John stamos, he is hot and he would make a terrific talk show host.

Andrew
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Andrew

Caitlynn Jenner would be great, hire her ABC

David
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David

Andy Cohen or Anderson Cooper.

Patricio
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Patricio

Ditto David . Josh Groban is also great with Kelly.

Victor
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Victor

Have another female host, Rosie O Donnel.

Rick
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Rick

Rosie and Kelly had a falling out back in 2006 when Clay AIken covered her mouth.She said thats a no no putting his hand over her mouth because she has no idea where its been. Rosie took it as Kelly being a homophobe. Beside Rosie would quit in a blink of an eye like she done on the VIEW 2x.

Patricio
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Patricio

Great memory! I forgot that!

Mo
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Mo

You really want the show to fail, don’t you?

Coco
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Coco

I think Alfonso Riberio would be an excellent choice.

Patricio
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Patricio

OMG great pick. He is such a likable guy.

Eddie
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Eddie

She has great chemistry with her husband, Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Groban, and Anderson Cooper.

Matt
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Matt

I think Donald Trump as new co host. The ratings would go thru the roof!!! If ABC made the offer, maybe he would drop out of the race.

blake
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blake

why would he He’s going to be President.

sonya
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sonya

Double puke!

Nikki
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Nikki

Anderson Cooper or Rosie O’Donald but although I like her husband Mark I would hate to see him as her co-host. I don’t like the two of them together on the show.

Nikki
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Nikki

Another one would be great would be Kathy Lee Gifford.

Paul
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Paul

How about Strahan’s former coach with the football Giants, Tom Coughlin? I hear that he’s available, looking for work, and doesn’t know what to do with himself 🙂

They’d be forced to start the show 5 minutes early every morning, at 8:55 am, cutting into the end of GMA 🙂

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Boy, everyone did mention some great suggestions—if they went with any one of these names, the show would still be fun.

Lori Simmons
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Lori Simmons

Neil Patrick Harris

Stephanie
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Stephanie

Another former Soap Star from New York. There are plenty to pick from since the soaps are all gone. #ATWTforeverFan

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

This is all just a publicity stunt and it is becoming sickening. My theory that this is a PUBLICITY STUNT is building. That entertainment show with that guy that used to be on The Tonight Show as Ross the Intern showed a photo of Kelly Ripa coming out of her home with Anderson Cooper’s book in her hands and they made a point to mention that you could clearly see his face on the book. They also say that he is in the lead to be her new cohost. So why the close-up picture of the book? Why the photo… Read more »

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

Oh, and if you think for one SECOND that they don’t already have the new co-host chosen and on contract, then you are exactly the lambs for ABC that they expect you to be. This is a publicity stunt and has been in the works for a long time. Oh I am sure they will trot out a bunch of so-called “prospects” to make you think they are auditioning, but they already have the host. That is why Strahan is leaving next month so the new co-host can debut in the fall. Don’t fall for this, people!

Leah
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Leah

So agree! Networks know what will get ‘eyes’ and bump ratings and “we” never disappoint. Sadly…
Live wants its #1 spot back.
Billy Bush leaving Access for NBC Live; no chatter about that.

mgb357
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mgb357

Mark Consuelos

Nikki
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Nikki

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Timmm
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Timmm

GOOD! That means I can start tuning in on May 14th!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I share your sentiments, Timmm…

blake
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blake

same here

Ray
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Ray

I think everyone would love to see Anderson, Neil or Andy. I also read Jerry O’Connell is in the running. I am not a fan. I know he is California-based, but I would like to see Mario Lopez be considered.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Mark Consuelos (Kelly’s husband). End of story. Next……….

Nikki
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Nikki

OMG Nooooooooo. He is such a bore with her. It would be snooze-ville.

penny
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penny

Cameron Mathison, Kobe Bryant, Ronan Farrow, Andy Cohen, Mario Lopez or A.J. Calloway.

Joe
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Joe

I liked on Tuesday when the camera cut away after Kelly’s announcement, when Michael normally pulls out the chair for her, and she told him she has it. Kelly doesn’t need Michael’s help, she’ll be better off with whoever comes next.

Charday
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Charday

Bring back Regis and Kathie Lee and dump the others.

Peggie
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Peggie

I agree with you Charday.

Nikki
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Nikki

Me too.

K Ross
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K Ross

Not Mark Consuelos. Anderson Copper and Kelly have a good time together.

Yvonne
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Yvonne

First Choice, Mark Consuelos
Then Nick Lachey, Neil Patrick Harris and Anderson Cooper all tie for second because she has great chemistry with them all.

Oscar
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Oscar

Cameron Mathison, Larry King or Josh Groban.

Rj
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Rj

I thought about Cameron Mathison also.

Rj
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Rj

Also, her husband Mark could be a possibility. Funny, I am commenting because I have not actually watched the show in years!

Mo
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Mo

I was watching GMA today and when he came on I changed the channel.

Shari
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Shari

No one—kelly is our long, national nightmare.

Patrick
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Patrick

TA -DA !!!! spotlight !

the answer IS : “Joey Fatone”

Joseph Anthony “Joey” Fatone, Jr. is an American singer, dancer, actor and television personality. He is best known as a member of the boyband *NSYNC, in which he sang baritone.

Jane
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Jane

Cancel it, don’t care.

luisa giammichele
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luisa giammichele

I think it should be her husband they will do great together it is a family show

lynn wood
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lynn wood

Sooo, Michael knew but HAD to keep the news under wraps. Kelly should understand and move on now. I don’t watch ” Live” b/c even at home Kellys looks and unprofessional ism is uncalled for. It’s done. Pull your big girl fancy pants up and move on. You know most of the watchers now are just wanting to see or here what you’re going to do next. How disrespectful you are. *Way to go in being the bigger person, Michael. Good Luck at GMA. We’ll be watching.

lynn wood
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lynn wood

Even tho this may not be printed anywhere, I sincerely hope Kelly sees this and makes the little time she has left with Michael better and not just with him but the veiwers. Let us see that she’s moved and make it sincerely fun again. Am sooo sure I’m not the only one that feels this way. As much as I dislike writing this, I think much less of Kelly now.

Peggie
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Peggie

I feel the same way Lynn. I think Kelly is being very immature and a bitch. I always thought she had a big head but she has a bigger attitude to go with it. She is really sickening. Everyone in my house only watched the show for Michael and now that he is leaving you could not pay me to look at it with Kelly on it. Just saying (truth)

Nikki
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Nikki

I agree Lynn. Good luck Michael at GMA. You’ll be in better company than with this spoiled kid that thinks she runs the show. I’ll be watching GMA. My hope is that they take Kathy Lee Gifford back to be Kelly’s co-host. Believe me Kelly would be behaving herself or walking off the set because Kathy wouldn’t take her pouting and childish acting. Grow-up Kelly and See you on GMA Michael. Watch the ratings for Live drop now that Michael’s gone. Enjoy your emmy Kelly there won’t be another one. This one was for Michael.

Patricio
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Patricio

Thinking out of the box ….Erika Slezak of OLTL. Could be a greT dynamic.

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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