Anderson Cooper Not Replacing Michael Strahan: NEED DIVERSITY

Anderson Cooper Not Replacing Michael Strahan: NEED DIVERSITY

Despite having best friend Kelly Ripa make it VERY clear she wants Anderson Cooper to replace Michael on LIVE producers have told her that her rich pal is ‘literally too white.’

“America has changed. You can no longer have two rich white millionaires on TV every morning and expect people to watch,” sources tell NAUGHTY GOSSIP. “The show is looking to replace Michael with another person of color and the top two names that keep coming up are Nick Cannon and Alfonso Ribeiro.”

Alfonso won DWTS on ABC and is now part of the networks family hosting America’s Funniest Home Videos.

“When Michael replaces Regis years ago he brought in a new audience. The ratings jumped and they do not want to lose these viewers. TV must reflect the changes going on in America. Kelly can beg and scream as much as she wants but there is no way they are giving Anderson Cooper the job. He is old American money and has nothing in common with normal people,” adds another insider.

On Tuesday’s show, Ripa took a moment to remind viewers that Strahan’s days as co-host were numbered. “A week from this Friday is Michael’s final show here at ‘Live.’”

It was a reminder that was met with boos, before one audience member shouted, “We still love you, Kelly.”

Ripa laughed and responded, “Thanks, I’m still here!”

The 45-year-old went on to talk about the send-off that’s planned for Strahan’s last day on May 13.

“We’ll remember. We’ll reminisce. We’re going to look back at the fun times we’ve had together — wait till you see all the stuff that we’ve done. You’re not going to believe it,” she said. “So join us for Michael’s Flashback Friday Farewell on Friday the 13th,” she added, before starting to laugh about the irony of the date. “You can’t plan this! You literally cannot plan it.”

This is Ripa’s second week back on “Live” after taking time off from the show after being reportedly blindsided by news of Strahan’s exit to “Good Morning America.” Last week, she returned to the show, where she addressed the drama and congratulated Strahan. However, it hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing.

In addition Tuesday’s awkward quip, Ripa previously mentioned contract negotiations and appeared to go off-script when she brought up Strahan’s two divorces.