Regis Philbin has been gone from the show formerly known as “Live! With Regis and Kelly!” for less than a week, but that doesn’t mean remaining host Kelly Ripa and puppetmaster producer Michael Gelman aren’t busy lining up someone to keep his seat warm.
On Monday (Nov. 21), Jerry Seinfeld kicked off a three-day stint as the first post-Regis guest-host. On Monday (Nov. 29), “How I Met Your Mother’s” Neil Patrick Harris will sit in. And, ABC announced in a statement released Wednesday (Nov. 23) afternoon, two newbies will be testing out the co-host waters in the coming days: “Moneyball” co-star Jonah Hill and “Dancing with the Stars” pro Derek Hough. Hough will sit in on Dec. 5. Hill follows him the next day, on Dec. 6.
The statement also included the previously announced news that both Jerry O’Connell (Nov. 25) and Josh Groban (Dec. 7 – 9) will be making return guest host visits.
What do you think — are any of these guys likely to replace Reeg or are we just marking time until Mark Conseulos takes over?