Kelly Ripa’s 20 Guest Co-Hosts (So Far): By the Numbers

“Live With Kelly” host has shared her stage 29 times since Michael Strahan rushed away

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Kelly Ripa is on the hunt for a permanent “Live” co-host — and she’s already got plenty of options to choose from.

Ripa has tried out 20 different guest co-hosts across 29 original episodes since Michael Strahan bailed this spring for the apparently greener pastures of “Good Morning America.”

Perhaps surprisingly, Fred Savage has filled in the most on the now-named “Live With Kelly,” with his fifth appearance on set today. Interestingly enough, many speculated that Savage’s “Grinder” co-star Rob Lowe would be high on the leader board, but he hasn’t shown up once.

Behind Savage is Anderson Cooper, whom TheWrap previously reported was Ripa’s personal choice to share coffee with going forward. Nine others have stopped by the ABC production twice thus far.

Here are all of Ripa’s guest co-hosts to date and their syndicated Nielsen rating — on-average, if applicable — broken down by number of appearances:


Co-Host Appearances Average Rating
Fred Savage 5 2.8 (2 counted in ratings)
Anderson Cooper 3 2.6
Jussie Smollett 2 3.1
Cedric the Entertainer 2 3.0 (1 counted in ratings)
Andy Cohen 2 2.7
Mark Consuelos 2 2.9
D.L. Hughley 2 2.6
Joel McHale 2 2.7
Jerry O’Connell 2 2.7
Jim Parsons 2 No ratings available yet
Carrie Ann Inaba 2 No ratings available yet
Jimmy Kimmel 1 3.3
David Muir 1 2.9
Daniel Dae Kim 1 2.9
Seal 1 2.9
Common 1 2.8
Ryan Seacrest 1 2.7
Alec Baldwin 1 2.5
Morris Chestnut 1 2.7
Kevin Hart 1 2.8
John Leguizamo 1 2.6
Josh Groban 1 2.7
Dwyane Wade 1 No rating available yet
Guillermo Diaz 1 No rating available yet