Anderson Cooper anchored an expanded two hour edition of AC360 from the NYC studio. The program was mostly a rehash of last night's NY primary and what the results mean going forward. Also covered in the second hour was a segment on the charges in the Flint Water Crisis, the flooding in Houston and Anderson did a report on Harriett Tubman coming to the $20 bill!
From PageSix yesterday:
Anderson Cooper up for Michael Strahan’s ‘Live’ seat
After ABC News President James Goldston announced in a memo Tuesday that former New York Giants star Michael Strahan would exit “Live With Kelly and Michael” to move full-time to “Good Morning America,” speculation immediately began over who will take his role.
Sources told Page Six on Tuesday that Ripa’s close pal Anderson Cooper is now the front-runner to replace Strahan, who came on as co-host with Kelly Ripa in 2012 after Regis Philbin retired in 2011. The show had tried out a string of guest hosts at the time including Cooper, Seth Meyers, Neil Patrick Harris, Ripa’s husband Mark Consuelos and Jeff Probst.
Sources added on Tuesday that Ripa’s other BFF, Bravo’s Andy Cohen, was among those who also want the gig and “The phones were already ringing . . . every agent out there wants to get their client a shot at that seat.”
Cooper’s contract situation at CNN puts him in a prime position to take over. In 2011, “Anderson had just signed a deal to do his own daytime show,” ruling him out of the “Live” job, an insider said. His syndicated show ran till 2013, “so he has experience doing daily daytime.” Cooper’s CNN contract reportedly ends after the election.
But an ABC source said that “Live With Kelly and Michael” will look to replace Strahan “in the fall with the start of the new season. They had a lot of fun with it last time . . . It took about 10 months before they settled on Michael.” Strahan will leave over the summer.
Ripa reportedly was “blindsided” by Strahan’s departure. The network source told us, “The plan was for there to be more time between telling Kelly and the announcement. But the story leaked, the timeline got crunched.”
A different TV pro explained Ripa was keeping the troops together behind the scenes after the surprise announcement: “She was on for a long time before he showed up. He thought he was the strength of the show.” Yet another insider said Ripa “is the queen bee of the show, always has been.” More reason she might replace Strahan with a close pal. Reps didn’t comment.
(Please click on link for original article. Also of note, there seems to be some drama going on over at the Live set. Kelly Ripa wasn't on air today and is reportedly not returning until next Tuesday at the earliest.)
If you are in the greater NYC area, Anderson tweeted about a couple of book signings this Sunday: