12:27pm PT by Philiana Ng
'Live! With Kelly' Co-Host to Begin in September
Live! With Kelly will announce Kelly Ripa's full-time co-host on Sept. 4 after months of rotating guest hosts following the departure of Regis Philbin.
Since Philbin's exit last November, Ripa has been holding down the fort with 59 different temporary hosts, starting with Jerry Seinfeld's week-long stint. Others who have sat next to Ripa have included Seth Meyers, Joel McHale, Michael Strahan, Anderson Cooper, Cat Deeley and Josh Groban.
The new co-host will be one of the 59 people who has co-hosted with Ripa.
There had been speculation that Meyers was a frontrunner for the permanent gig, though the Saturday Night Live head writer denied it. “No, no, no, no, no,” he said in July in response to the rumors to a Florida paper.
Ripa will host the Sept. 3 show solo, the first time she will be leading the morning talker alone. The first show with the new co-host will have Claire Danes and Phillip Phillips as guests.
Who do you think should get the gig?