Since the retirement of Regis Philbin from the show that bore his name last November, a total of fifty-nine guest co-hosts have graced the seat next to Kelly Ripa. Now, Disney-ABC Domestic Television has announced that one of them will assume the position on Tuesday, September 4, and presumably have their first name added to the title of the venerable weekday morning talk show, currently known as Live! With Kelly.
According to Deadline, the new permanent co-host will be unveiled on September 4 and it will indeed be one of the 59 names, a diverse list that includes Jerry Seinfeld, Neil Patrick Harris, Katie Couric, Jonah Hill, Jimmy Kimmel, Mary J. Blige, Kim Kardashian, Bryant Gumbel, David Duchovny, Mario Lopez, Matthew Broderick, Reggie Bush, Alec Baldwin, Carson Daly, D.L. Hughley, Rob Lowe, Martin Short, Tyler Perry, and many others.
In July, People magazine reported that the top three contenders from the list are Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers, singer/songwriter Josh Groban, and former NFL defensive end for the New York Giants, Michael Strahan. The day before the big reveal, Kelly will host Live! by herself for the first time since joining the program in 2001 after the departure of Philbin's original co-host Kathie Lee Gifford.
Who do you think it will be? Regardless, can anyone really fill Regis' shoes?