Unlike in his NFL career, Michael Strahan has decided to play for a second team in the daytime television game. The 15-year veteran that played solely for the New York Giants throughout his entire NFL career has shockingly traded his Live with Kelly Ripa hat for a new gig on Good Morning America. Strahan will begin his involvement with GMA on a full-time basis in September, but is scheduled to have his last day opposite Ripa on Friday May 13th.
Live has announced that they will have an on-air search for the new co-host. This won’t be new territory for Ripa, as she got the job originally opposite Regis Philbin following a lengthy on-air search for Kathie Lee Gifford’s replacement back in 2000. Official betting odds have been released, citing a total of eight candidates to replace Strahan and they vary from quite a few assorted backgrounds.
Anderson Cooper (1.5 to 1 odds)
Cooper is the top contender at the moment to ride shotgun. He is a born and raised New Yorker and has spent most of his life in the Big Apple. He is the current host of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and also has talk show experience from his two-years hosting Anderson Live.
Neil Patrick Harris (2 to 1 odds)
It’s a little surprising that Harris isn’t the more popular choice. He’s an absolute outstanding talent and has hosted the Tony Awards in New York on five separate occasions, the daytime Emmy’s three times and the Academy Awards once in 2015. Harris is very quick on his feet and has had a lengthy career on the big screen, television and on stage. The only thing he hasn’t done yet is host a talk show. With his resume though, it’s only a matter of time.
Jeff Probst (2.5 to 1 odds)
The long-time Survivor host has also won an Emmy award for his hosting abilities. He also has some talk show experience from his one season as the head of the Jeff Probst Show. It last one season and was not renewed following low ratings up against the other daytime talk giants. Probst isn’t the likely choice but he might surprise.
Chris Harrison (3 to 1 odds)
He is best known for hosting the Bachelor and Bachelorette since their inceptions in 2002 and 2003. He also held down the hosting reigns for one season of Bachelor Pad and currently is the syndicated host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Harrison is not the obvious choice but of the sleeper picks, he definitely has the most hosting experience, which could bode well for him.
Emmy Rossum (3 to 1 odds)
She’s not the ideal choice because she does lack talk show experience and Live has never had two female hosts. It’s not a huge stretch for Rossum though as she is a multi-talented actress and could definitely handle her own. Not only has she starred in 16 movies, her television show Shameless is entering its sixth season and she has also released three albums as well.
Your other nominees for the co-host job are Access Hollywood TV and radio host Billy Bush, morning host of NY1 Pat Kiernan, and Mark Consuelos. For those that don’t know, Consuelos is the husband of Kelly Ripa and has also guest co-hosted in the past, meaning that although he’s coming in as a long shot, he could definitely surprise.