"Live! With Kelly" has seen it's share of hosts and co-hosts over the years since Kathie Lee Gifford left Regis Philbin holding the reins by himself; for quite a while before Kelly Ripa came on board, there was a rotating cast of celebrities sharing hosting duties.
Now that Philbin has left the show, it's happening again, only Kelly is in the hotseat, auditioning potential co-hosts for the show's future. Rumors have been circulating that Ripa had her husband, Mark Consuelos, in mind for the gig, but she quickly shot down the idea in the June issue of Vanity Fair, saying there's no way it would ever happen.
“No one would make me happier than Mark, but he values our marriage and he says that he doesn’t see how we could stay married and both do that show," she said.
Because Ripa has seen the show from both sides--the rookie and the vet--she knows how important the process is and that it can't be rushed. A quick fix by her hubs wouldn't work in the long run.
"We've just scratched the surface of people out there," Michael Gelman, the show's executive producer, said. "We have enjoyed a lot of people who have already co-hosted, and we're bringing a bunch of them back for more 'dates."
While cast and crew say the show is very different--and sad--without Philbin there, it's also been as much if not more successful since Kelly took over sole hosting duties, and the producers aren't anxious to break the rapport Ripa has with the audience by bringing in someone new. Only time will tell who'll get the coveted job, and for now, Ripa is enjoying the alone time with her fans.
OMG I love when Josh Groban hosts with Kelly Ripa--they are so funny together!
My love for Kelly Ripa is like no other.... Honestly, we're kind of twins... Like Kim and Sheree.