Christian Slater Is Officially 'Putting His Hat in the Ring' to Permanently Co-Host 'Live!' With Kelly Ripa

by Antoinette Bueno 6:58 AM PDT, October 06, 2016
Playing Christian Slater Is Officially 'Putting His Hat in the Ring' to Permanently Co-Host 'Live!' With Kelly Ripa

Christian Slater is totally open to one of the most highly coveted jobs in television.

The 47-year-old actor recently co-hosted Live! with Kelly Ripa, and during his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show -- airing Thursday -- he made it clear that he wouldn't mind it becoming a permanent gig.

"I love it, I live about, you know, six blocks away from there," Slater told DeGeneres about the New York City set. "It's one of the greatest jobs ever."

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Slater also had nothing but glowing things to say about 46-year-old Ripa.

"I love her, she's amazing," he gushed.

As for his role on the critically acclaimed show Mr. Robot, the Heathers star said he can "absolutely handle both jobs."

"I'm putting my hat in the ring, why not?" Slater said about ABC's hunt for Ripa's permanent co-host.

News broke on Wednesday that early frontrunner Anderson Cooper has taken himself out of the running to be Ripa's permanent Live! co-host. A source close to Cooper confirmed to ET that the 49-year-old journalist will be staying with CNN -- where he currently hosts the news program Anderson Cooper 360 -- and is no longer being considered to replace Michael Strahan on the daytime talk show.

Cooper was actually Ripa's "first choice" to co-host alongside her, a source close to Live! also told ET.

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But earlier this month, a source close to the ABC show said the mother of three is enjoying having multiple Live! guest co-hosts, and isn't ready to have just one co-host yet.

"The show is going to stick to doing a round robin shuffle of guest co-hosts for the time being," the source said. "Kelly likes the dynamic right now, so they’re not in a hurry to make a decision anymore."

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