The game is on: Who’s going to take Michael Strahan’s place when he leaves Kelly Ripa to be on ““Good Morning America”?
On Tuesday, ABC announced that the gap-toothed former NFL player will join the morning news show full time in September, giving up his gig as Ripa’s co-host on the syndicated “Live with Kelly and Michael.” (He replaced Regis Philbin in 2012.)
Names being tossed around include Anderson Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris. Jeff Probst. Ryan Seacrest, Snoop Dog and Chris Harrison.
Entertainment Weely’s Melissa Maerz — who comments “If Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need a man to make the perfect duo” — rightly suggests the time has come for a female cohost, pointing to Kelly Osbourne, Zendaya, Audra MacDonald and “wild card” Gabourey Sidibe.
Sidibe has proven her stuff on talk shows. Conan O’Brien called her “the greatest guest ever.”
SAVING MOMS’ LIVES
Solange Madriz, a researcher from University of California San Francisco’s Global Health Sciences, appears in a new PBS series “Global Health Frontiers” at 7 p.m. Sunday on KQED Channel 9 in “Saving Lives at Birth,” a segment about work being done by PRONTO International on women’s health in remote areas of Guatemala.
“It is astounding to see that a simple and low-cost training program can save many mothers’ and babies’ lives. I am glad to have participated in a TV series to educate the public on global health issues such as maternal mortality,” Madriz says.
Jonas Rivera, Oscar-winning film producer for “Inside/Out” and San Francisco State University alum, will speak at the university’s 115th commencement May 27 at AT&T Park. … East Bay-based jazz saxophonist Peter Michael “Pete” Yellin, who played with Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Tito Puente and Joe Henderson, has died at 74 after a series of strokes. … Big names in Cal Performances’ 2016-17 season, announnced Tuesday, include Mark Morris, Robert Wilson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, John Adams, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis and Lucinda Childs. … Dave Chapelle’s three shows this week at the Chapel sold out in minutes. … San Francisco artist Leslie Tran, merging “the joy of coloring and social justice,” has released “Color Me Bernie,” a coloring book with 27 incarnations of Bernie Sanders, available at www.createspace.com/6201043 and on Amazon.
S.F. 49er Mike Purcell is 25. … S.F. Giant Brandon Belt is 28. … Actress Carmen Electra is 44. … Actor Andy Serkis is 52. … Actor Crispin Glover is 52. … Actress Jessica Lange is 67…. Actor Ryan O’Neal is 75. … Actor George Takei is 79.
— Wire, staff reports