And although many famous, funny men have sat beside Ripa, 41, since Philbin, 80, left the show in November 2011 -- Nick Lachey, Josh Groban, Jerry O'Connell, Seth Meyers and Ripa's husband Mark Consuelos -- the woman herself recently hinted at her ideal first choice for cohost: her bestie Anderson Cooper!
"We have a connection like nobody else," Ripa told Us Weekly in August. "I worship him!"
"It's fun [to see different co-hosts], but you want the girl to settle down!" Ripa joked.
Ripa's husband Consuelos, 41, is not a a true contender either, she recently explained to Vanity Fair. "No one would make me happier than Mark, but he values our marriage," Ripa explained. "He says that he doesn't see how we could stay married and both do that show."