Viewers of the morning talk staple “Live with Kelly” have been getting a little restless as the search for a permanent co-host drags on. The show has brought aboard about 43 guest hosts, who have filled in on about 90 episodes since Michael Strahan’s awkwardly handled departure all the way back in spring.
A rep for the show told Fox News the search is on track. The unnamed rep is quoted saying: “We’re happy with how things are going so far with the co-host search. There is no timeline for the selection of the new co-host.”
Pop culture expert Cate Meighan notes that the show has traditionally taken its time selecting a new co-host. But Meighan suggests there may be another issue this time around.
“Kelly Ripa’s fury at her treatment by ABC during Strahan’s departure has hardly been a secret,” Meighan says. “It’s very possible that the network has been more concerned with their treatment of her than they’ve been with seating a co-host beside her. After all, if they lose her, then they have no show and it wouldn’t matter who was chosen.”
The report adds: “Shortly after Strahan’s exit, rumors swirled about what it was really like to work with Ripa. The New York Post reported she was called ‘Queen Kelly’ behind-the-scenes and had a ‘total meltdown’ backstage.”