A new tabloid cover story claims ABC executives want Kim Kardashian to replace Kelly Ripa as the co-host of "Live" in an effort to boost ratings. Gossip Cop, however, looked into this report and discovered the truth about the situation.
The reality star guest co-hosted the popular morning talk show alongside Ryan Seacrest late last month. Life & Style is now reporting producers were so impressed by her performance that they'd like her to become a permanent fixture. A so-called "source" tells the magazine, "Kim could very well be the future of 'Live.' Kelly just can't compete with her fan base."
The outlet's dubious insider goes on to contend that Seacrest, the executive producer of "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," is also campaigning for Kardashian to take over. The "American Idol" host only joined "Live" in May, but the "source" claims he's "been flexing his muscle and calling the shot these days." "It's no secret that Kim is Ryan's girl," adds the questionable insider. "She's a ready-made co-host for him. Ryan has a natural chemistry with Kim that just isn't here with Kelly. And the audience sees it."
The tabloid's alleged source further maintains Ripa has been on guard since Michael Strahan abruptly left the show last year, and now she's suspicious there are developments going on behind-the-scenes without her knowledge. "Kelly can't help but think there's Michael-level drama about to happen all over again," says the supposed insider. "Things definitely feel like they've changed between Kelly and Ryan. Kelly might be watching her back a little more than usual."
Of course, Life & Style has been publishing an ongoing narrative of bogus stories surrounding the talk show, so Gossip Cop was skeptical of this scoop. Our doubts were confirmed after checking in with ABC insiders, who exclusively tell us there have been zero discussions about Kardashian becoming a permanent co-host. We're further assured that executives aren't plotting to replace Ripa with anyone new, and the outlet's claim otherwise is completely false.
Life & Style is the same untrustworthy magazine that Gossip Cop busted in July after it concocted a phony feud between Ripa and Seacrest. The outlet had alleged the co-hosts were at war, but multiple sources refuted it and told us they get along great. And shortly before Seacrest joined the show, we corrected the publication's inaccurate cover story that asserted Ripa had been "betrayed" by several of her former guest co-hosts. There was no truth to those reports, and the tabloid's latest attempt at stirring up fake drama at "Live" is equally unfounded.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.