kelly ripa gi 'Live! With Kelly' gives the ladies a shot in the co host chairWith “Athlete Co-Host Week” on “Live! With Kelly” now in the rear view mirror, the morning talk show is looking for its next theme. And it appears it’s all about the ladies for the week starting Jan. 23.

To kick off the five days, Kelly Ripa’s co-host will be reality star Kim Kardashian. For the rest of the week, Ripa will sit alongside Mary J. Blige, Kristin Chenoweth, Cat Deeley and Carrie Ann Inaba. Some of high-profile guests they have slated for that period include Kevin McHale from “Glee,” Chelsea Handler and Emmy Rossum.

The series is still looking for a new co-host now that  Regis Philbin has left the long-running talk show. In Sept. 2011, the show’s EP Michael Gelman compared their new co-host search to “dating.”

Gelman tells TV Guide, “We’ll have different guys come and we’ll try them out, check their chemistry. We’ll see how they work with the format and how the audience reacts. And it’s easier to get audience feedback in this day and age with social media…It could be a woman, or a person you might not have even heard of. We don’t know who it’s going to be.”

So Zappers, which of these ladies would you like to see as a permanent co-host?

Posted by:David Eckstein