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Jeff Gordon interested in hosting morning show

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Jeff Gordon discusses rumors of being Kelly Ripa's new co-host (0:47)

Jeff Gordon didn't do anything to quiet rumors about him being Kelly Ripa's new co-host. The retired four-time Sprint Cup champion, now an analyst for Fox, addressed those rumors Saturday at Sonoma Raceway: (0:47)

SONOMA, Calif. -- Jeff Gordon did nothing to quash rumors that he could become Kelly Ripa's co-host on ABC's "Live" morning television show but stressed that his first priority is as a racing analyst.

The recently retired four-time Sprint Cup champion has been rumored to be among the list of potential co-hosts to replace former NFL player Michael Strahan, who left the show to join "Good Morning America." Gordon has previous experience as a guest co-host of "Live."

"I'm flattered my name is associated with that," Gordon said Saturday at Sonoma Raceway. "I've always maintained a great friendship with the show and some of the producers and folks within the show. I had a great time co-hosting on that show, and I certainly would welcome it."

Like Strahan, Gordon is an analyst for Fox Sports in its broadcast booth for the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends. Fox has the first 18 race weekends of the Sprint Cup schedule from February through June.

Gordon said he has commitments to Fox, which typically has used him on its Friday and Saturday practice and qualifying telecasts in addition to race telecasts, which are a mix of Saturday and Sunday events.

"My priority is Fox and Fox Sports and NASCAR, so I will definitely be back in the booth next year," Gordon said. "If there was something that would fit into and around that, great.

"I don't know if that's a reality, but it's been really interesting kind of seeing that unfold. I really don't have anything that I can say about it."