Could Fred Savage Be Kelly Ripa's New 'Live!' Co-Host? 4 Reasons Why It's a Serious Possibility
By Raphael Chestang
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Rumors have been flying that Fred Savage may be permanently filling the Live! co-host chair alongside Kelly Ripa, but the actor remained coy when ET asked him about the possibility.
"I'm coming in town with my family," Savage told ET outside the Live! studio on Thursday morning. "They're meeting me here. We're taking vacation in New York, so the timing worked out. Whenever they call, I love to come do it. It's always a lot of fun."
While Savage didn't speak on whether he'd been offered the gig, the former Grinder star sure had plenty to say about the experience of working there.
"I enjoy it so much," he gushed. "I love to interact with the audience. I love sitting beside Kelly. To work with someone who's just at the top of her field is a thrill, so it's always enjoyable to come do it."
Here are four reasons why Savage could be stepping into Michael Strahan's shoes.
1. Frequency. Since Strahan's departure in May, Savage will have co-hosted Live! five times and pre-taped some future episodes.
2. Meetings with executives. Savage let it slip that he met with a Live! executive. "I had the pleasure of going to dinner with Art Moore last night!" he revealed during Thursday's episode.
3. Nostalgia. After practically growing up in front of America on television through The Wonder Years, Savage is now a 40-year-old father of three.
4. He has the audience's vote. Audience members leaving Thursday's taping seemed to agree: Savage would be a perfect fit for the show. "He is such a hottie," audience member Amanda Morgan with a laugh. "I think he's the cutest thing ever, and their chemistry is amazing together. I think he's a great fit."