Kelly Ripa Carried Book by Rumored Michael Strahan Replacement Anderson Cooper Before Return to ‘Live!’

Kelly Ripa Carried Book by Rumored Michael Strahan Replacement Anderson Cooper Before Return to ‘Live!’

Perhaps a cover’s worth a thousand words.


Embattled TV host Kelly Ripa prepared for her return to “Live with Kelly and Michael” on Tuesday equipped with some interesting reading material — a book by Anderson Cooper and his mother.

The piece of literature, titled “The Rainbow Comes and Goes,” was a curious choice considering Cooper has already been floated as a potential candidate to replace departing co-host Michael Strahan on the show later this year.

TV host Andy Cohen, another rumored contender for the soon-to-be vacant spot, even endorsed Cooper for the high-profile spot during his SiriusXM radio show Monday.

“You know who I think would be great at that job?” he pondered. “My buddy AC (Anderson Cooper).”

The gig is expected to open up in August, when Strahan will make his final appearance on “Live!” before starting a full-time gig on “Good Morning America.”

Ripa caused a stir last week when she held a copy of ‘David and Goliath’ amid drama with ABC. She returned to co-hosting with Michael Strahan (right) on Tuesday.

Strahan’s departure caused a major stir last week, as Ripa wasn’t informed her co-host was leaving until right before the announcement was made to the public.

Ripa threw a “fit” over being kept in the dark over the matter, sources told the Daily News, and she was absent the next four episodes before returning on Tuesday.

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She addressed the drama in a carefully worded monologue at the beginning of Tuesday’s show.

“The love, the show of support through this bizarre time has been really overwhelming,” Ripa said. “I needed a couple of days … after 26 years with this company, I’ve earned it.”

Tuesday isn’t the first time during the saga that Ripa has raised eyebrows over her choice of book.

Last week, she was spotted for the first time since the Strahan announcement carrying a copy of Malcolm Gladwell’s “David and Goliath” — which is based on the parable of a man overcoming the odds to defeat a giant.

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