Several months after Michael Strahan abruptly quit as co-host of “Live” with Kelly Ripa, one man has emerged as the top contender to join the TV star on the ABC show.
Recently retired NASCAR star Jeff Gordon has revealed that he wants the gig if offered to him, and insiders say he is on the short list to replace Strahan.
From Fox News:
Jeff Gordon is open to succeeding Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa’s new “Live” co-host — so long as he could continue his new job as a NASCAR analyst.
Gordon is calling his final race of the season Sunday for Fox Sports and then will head into the first significant downtime of his professional career. The four-time NASCAR champion is in his first year in the broadcast booth, and he insisted Saturday he’ll be back next year when Fox resumes coverage of the first half of the season.
However, Gordon didn’t quash recent speculation that ABC is interested in him joining Ripa on “Live.” Gordon co-hosted with Ripa nine times during the “Live With Regis and Kelly” era.
“I am flattered that my name has been associated with that,” Gordon said when asked by The Associated Press about the possibility of him joining “Live.”
“I’ve always maintained a great friendship with the show, some of the producers and folks within the show. I had a great time co-hosting, and I certainly would welcome it.”
Gordon then reiterated: “My priority is Fox and Fox Sports, and NASCAR. I will definitely be back in the booth next year; if there was something that could fit into and around that, great.”
Gordon was media savvy long before he hung up his firesuit for the tailored blue business suit he wore Saturday at the race track, where he has transitioned from a lucrative career as one of NASCAR’s first stars to transcend into Madison Avenue and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.
So he declined to give much insight into a possible job with Ripa, and didn’t address whether he’s had talks with the show since Strahan’s departure.
“It’s been really interesting to see that unfold, but I really don’t have anything that I can say about that,” Gordon said.
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