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Jimmy Kimmel To Be Kelly Ripa's First 'Live' Co-host After Strahan Exit

Jimmy Kimmel will be 'Live! With Kelly's first guest co-host after Michael Strahan leaves the show.

The ABC late night host will join Kelly Ripa (photosKelly Ripa photos) on the show on Monday, May 16. Strahan's last day, which wasn't supposed to be until September, is Friday, May 13.

The schedule works out for Kimmel because he will be in New York for ABC's upfront presentation that week. It also helps the network keep the publicity all in the family.

ABC has claimed the earlier exit will "give the show the chance to have a nice send-off for him during the May book, but to also immediately begin the on-air search for a new co-host."

The daytime talk show will reveal its rolodex of guest hosts in the coming weeks.

CNN's Anderson Cooper, who came close to landing the gig last time around and expressed interest last week, is thought to be the frontrunner while Bravo's Andy Cohen has said he's too busy to take on another job.

Other top choices include 'Extra' co-host Mario Lopez, singer Josh Groban and actor Neil Patrick Harris.

May 4, 2016 |

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