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"Live With Kelly and Anderson?"

Kelly Ripa, 41, wishes pal Anderson Cooper, 45, could fill the c-ohost chair vacated by Regis Philbin last November.

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"We have a connection like nobody else," she tells Us Weekly. "I worship him!"

Alas, since Cooper headlines his own daytime show, Anderson, she says, "the search continues."

Front-runners Seth Meyers, 38, and Josh Groban, 31, will keep on vying for the seat -- but not for long.

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"It's like 'The Bachelor,'" she says. "It's fun [to see different co-hosts], but you want the girl to settle down!"

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Kelly Ripa On Dream Cohost Anderson Cooper: "I Worship Him!"


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