Speculation about who will become the full-time co-host alongside Kelly Ripa on the daytime show “Live with Kelly” has turned to four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, according to a report by The New York Post’s Page Six.
Gordon retired from racing after last year and has been working for Fox Sports as a NASCAR analyst. Fox wrapped its NASCAR coverage for 2016 on Sunday, and Gordon says he will be back on Fox next season.
“However, Gordon didn’t quash recent speculation that ABC is interested in him joining Ripa on ‘Live,'” The Post reports. “Gordon co-hosted with Ripa nine times during the ‘Live With Regis and Kelly’ era.”
Gordon reportedly told the AP: “I am flattered that my name has been associated with that. … I’ve always maintained a great friendship with the show, some of the producers and folks within the show. I had a great time co-hosting, and I certainly would welcome it.”
But Gordon also said: “My priority is Fox and Fox Sports, and NASCAR. I will definitely be back in the booth next year; if there was something that could fit into and around that, great.”