Jimmy Kimmel to Join Kelly Ripa as First Guest Co-Host After Michael Strahan Leaves 'Live!'

The 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' host is rumored to fill in the vacant spot during the first episode after Strahan exits 'Live! with Kelly and Michael'.

AceShowbiz - The first guest co-host during the "Live! with Kelly and Michael" transition may have been revealed. According to TheWrap, %cJimmy Kimmel% is reported to give %cKelly Ripa% a hand on May 16 after %cMichael Strahan% leaves the show.

Strahan is scheduled to depart the "Live!" show on May 13 and later join "Good Morning America" in September this year. %cMario Lopez% has expressed his desire to join Ripa on the show. %cAnderson Cooper% is also keen to fill in the vacant seat.

Things have been awkward on "Live!" since the drama surrounding Strahan's impending exit. Both Ripa and her soon-to-be ex-cohost were no-shows at the Emmy Daytime Awards over the weekend despite winning a prize.

Ripa and Strahan cracked jokes about his departure at a recent episode. The female host jokingly called his final episode "Friday the 13th," to which the former NFL athlete quipped, "Good thing 13 is my lucky number!"

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