Kimmel appeared on Stern's Sirius XM radio show on Monday morning -- ahead of his stint on Live! -- and admitted that he hoped to make it a little awkward for Ripa. "That's my goal," he said when asked if he plans to talk about the drama surrounding Strahan leaving the program for a full-time position at Good Morning America.
The 48-year-old comedian also revealed that he was not told that he couldn't talk about Strahan, but added that he would have "ignored" that instruction anyway. Kimmel did say that the producers asked him what he wanted to talk about while co-hosting, and he straight-up told them that Strahan would be a topic of conversation.
As for how Kimmel landed the gig as Ripa's first guest co-host, he was originally booked as a guest on the show.
Stern and his on-air colleagues, Robin Quivers and Fred Norris, then bombarded Kimmel with questions to ask Ripa when he appeared on the show -- and he actually did get a few of the inquiries answered. One question he refrained from asking was if the next co-host should be a minority, of which Stern insisted upon.
The late-night host also admitted that if he didn't have Jimmy Kimmel Live!, he would consider replacing Strahan. "If I lived here and I was around, it would be a fun job to have," he shared. "With my job, there's nothing else you can do. It's all day, all night."
After chatting with Stern and co-hosting with Ripa, Kimmel headed to The View and joked with the ladies about all the Live! drama. "I would imagine that there is no greater thrill than seeing the hosts of another morning show on ABC fighting," he quipped. "I mean, finally, somebody else!"
The View co-host, Whoopi Goldberg, responded, "Was there?"