The co-host chair at “Live! With Kelly” might soon be permanently filled, with Seth Meyers of “Saturday Night Live” reportedly the front-runner to replace Regis Philbin, who left the show in November.
Meyers hosted alongside Kelly Ripa several days in April and May and returned for a week-long stay today during the important July ratings sweeps week. It is the first five-day gig for a co-host since Neil Patrick Harris sat in Nov. 28 to Dec. 2.
Meyers, 38, has been at SNL for 11 years where he is the “Weekend Update” anchor and head writer. If he fills the co-host chair permanently alongside Ripa, Meyers will likely still anchor “Weekend Update” for SNL, entertainment writer Roger Friedman reported on Showbiz411.com.
But he might have to step down as head writer because of the “Live!” schedule.
Although Meyers appears to be the front-runner, he isn’t the only co-host in the race. Former New York Giant Michael Strahan and singer Josh Groban are reportedly also being considered for the job, Friedman said. Strahan has co-hosted the most out of all three, with several days in June and the beginning of July. Groban also filled the chair multiple times this spring.
Ripa, 41, has had a number of guest co-hosts since Philbin left the show eight months ago, including Anderson Cooper, Howie Mandel and even her husband, Mark Consuelos.
“No one would make me happier than Mark, but he values our marriage,” Ripa told Vanity Fair in the June issue. “He says that he doesn’t see how we could stay married and both do that show.”
Ripa’s permanent co-host is likely to be announced before the start of the new season of “Live!” in September.