Well, "romance" might not be the right word. The two were once set up on a blind date, but Cooper decided he wasn't interested in the Bravo star before the date ever happened.
The story came up when Cohen, apropos of nothing, reminded Ripa that Cooper's mom is the famous socialite and fashion icon, Gloria Vanderbilt.
"Andy and I were first set up on a blind date, which never happened because we had a phone call and after two minutes I said, 'I’m not dating this guy,'" the 49-year-old journalist recounted. "He broke my cardinal rule… he mentioned my mom within the first four sentences of meeting me."
The news anchor also weighed in on Billy Bush's termination from the Today Show in October, following the release of the "Trump Tapes," in which the former Access Hollywood star was recorded having a misogynistic and sexually vulgar conversation with Donald Trump back in 2005.
"We work in an industry that it’s up to viewers who they want to watch,” Cooper said when asked if the 45-year-old TV personality was "unfairly penalized" when NBC released him from his contract. "I understand why the show made the decision they did and this is a tough industry. I think Billy Bush understands the industry."
"I’m sure he'll bounce back in one way or another," he added.
Meanwhile, Ripa, 46, dished on how close Live!With Kelly is announcing a permanent co-host, sharing, "We really didn't set a time frame for ourselves. We just wanted to wait until we found the right person. What we didn't anticipate was such an outpouring of interest."