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Andy Cohen: I Have Too Many Jobs to Cohost ‘Live’ With Kelly Ripa

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Andy Cohen and Kelly Ripa Peter Kramer/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Ain’t got time for that! Andy Cohen chatted with Us Weekly at the premiere party for Below Deck Mediterranean in New York City, where he explained why he won’t be joining his BFF Kelly Ripa on Live, following Michael Strahan’s sooner-than-expected exit next month.

“I’ve kind of said everything I had to say about it,” Bravo’s head honcho, 47, told Us exclusively. “I have 10 jobs!”

Cohen went on to say that he is currently focused on his late-night hosting duties on Watch What Happens Live. The busy TV personality added to Us, “I have my own late-night talk show that’s on every night at 11 o’clock!”

As previously reported, Cohen was shocked to hear about Strahan’s decision to leave Live to take a full-time gig at Good Morning America.

“When I look at this whole situation, it’s worth noting that the two of them, Kelly and Michael, they had such great chemistry — such great chemistry. And I’m just looking at this — it just seems like a premature end to a great relationship. It ended way too prematurely, and I think so much has been written about this situation and how it was handled,” Cohen said during his SiriusXM radio show on April 25.

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“I’ve been a TV executive, or a producer, for 25 years, so I’m always fascinated to see how TV things go down. I can’t say this went down in the greatest way,” he continued. “He had this great relationship on TV and it was a big, bad breakup.”

As Us Weekly exclusively reported, Ripa, 45, is “talking about leaving” Live with Kelly and Michael after feeling “blindsided” by Strahan’s departure. (Strahan, 44, was originally supposed to make the move in September, but the show announced this week that his last day on air will be May 13.)

While Ripa returned to the show after a four-episode hiatus on Tuesday, April 26, a source told Us that the 15-year Live vet is hoping that Cohen — despite his packed schedule — or her other close pal Anderson Cooper will replace Strahan. 

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