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Jerry O’Connell Addresses Rumors He’ll Be Kelly Ripa’s Permanent ‘Live!’ Co-Host — See What He Revealed!

Jerry O’Connell is getting candid about becoming a co-host on Live!.

In an exclusive new interview with Closer Weekly, the 42-year-old actor gushed about his relationship with Kelly Ripa — and finally addressed rumors he’ll be sitting in the seat next to the talk show host permanently.

“I would do anything Kelly asked me, legal or illegal,” the Stand by Me star revealed. “I would do illegal things for Kelly that’s how much I love her.”

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Kelly and Jerry on Live!.

Jerry has recently served as one of Kelly’s many guest co-hosts since her former onscreen partner, Michael Strahan, unexpectedly quit the show last April.

“I will tell you I have no idea what they’re doing over there on that show, but I will say I will help out Kelly anyway I can. She is the best,” Jerry told Closer.

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The actor went on to confess how much he respects Kelly, who manages to seamlessly juggle her career, marriage, and being a mom-of-three.

“I don’t only respect Kelly professionally, or even physically, she’s beautiful, or even personality wise, she’s hilarious. I respect her as a parent in the entertainment industry and how Kelly has been able to put her kids before anything else,” Jerry said.

Kelly and her husband, Mark Consuelos, have been married for 20 years and are parents to two sons, Michael, 19, and Joaquin, 13, as well as a daughter, Lola, 15.

Jerry added, “It’s the thing I’m most impressed with about Kelly. She is not only a good parent, she is quite possibly the best mother I know.”

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Kelly, 46, may in fact need all the help she can get on the popular morning show in the upcoming months. In a recent interview, Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba exclusively revealed Kelly may become a judge on the dance competition!

“She’d be great as a guest judge,” Carrie Ann, 49, told Closer. “I think, because [Kelly] is such a fan of the show, she’d be fantastic and fun. I love that woman, I love Kelly!”

That said, here’s hoping we get to see Jerry next to Kelly on the small screen very soon!

Click through the gallery below to see cute photos of Kelly and Jerry!