Who will fill Regis Philbin’s seat on ABC’s Live! with Regis & Kelly?
Regis stepped down from hosting duties on syndicated show “Live! With Regis and Kelly” earlier this month after 28 years.
Here are 10 names making the industry rounds as potential pairings for Kelly Ripa.
Some of these celebrities been previously reported and others are new. ABC, unfortunately, has no comment. Who do you think would be best for the job?
– Ryan Seacrest: Another one of his 987947984 jobs?
– Jeff Probst: The Survivor host.
– Mario Lopez: Another former Live! co-host. We’re told he’s potentially a popular contender, but that his deal with Extra may hold things up.
– Chris Harrison: The Bachelor host...who is already in the ABC family.
– Mark Consuelos: Yup, Kelly’s husband. He’s an actor and reality show host. We’re hearing he’s an unlikely choice.
– Chris Cuomo: The 20/20 host is another ABC insider.
– Anderson Cooper: Woulda-coulda-shoulda. He’s busy trying to get his own daytime talk show off the ground.
– Billy Bush: Like Lopez, there’s an entertainment news program deal to work around — this time, with Access Hollywood.
– Neil Patrick Harris: Considered a fantastic substitute co-host on the show. But would he want the gig? Neil says, “I’m a huge Kelly Ripa fan. But it’s on a competing network (to ‘How I Met Your Mother’"
– Mike Rowe: The Dirty Jobs host.
More names include Nick Jonas, Bryant Gumbel, Glenn Beck, Tom Bergeron, Larry King, Tony Danza and Nick Lachey.
But how about a "no-name" person? Someone who has been studying their craft as a TV personality and reporter...instead of always looking to actors and the already known.
Who do you think should fill Regis' spot?