'Live! With Kelly' Co-Host Shortlist May Be Premature
Is it too soon to call Seth Meyers, Josh Groban and Michael Strahan the final three?
Seth Meyers is the first “Live! With Kelly” guest co-host to spend an entire week with Kelly Ripa since Regis Philbin’s exit. Couple that with the talk show’s approaching September deadline for choosing a permanent host, and it’s no surprise the industry is tittering about front-runners. Calling Meyers, Josh Groban and Michael Strahan the "final three," however, may be a bit premature. Less than two weeks before that story broke, executive producer Michael Gellman insisted it was too soon to be talking shortlists.
This newest round of chatter started after Showbiz411 ran an exclusive story tapping Seth Meyers, Josh Groban and Michael Strahan as the frontrunners to take the permanent seat on “Live! With Kelly” on July 5.
Any “Live! With Kelly” fan can see those three are indeed frontrunners, as they’ve been invited back time and again and given streaks of shows to co-host. But the “final three” story may be getting ahead of itself.
In the Daytime Emmy press room on June 23, “Live! With Kelly” showrunner Gellman insisted “Live! With Kelly” was “always getting closer,” but wasn’t in a rush to make a decision.
“We’re having people back who we’re liking and we’re taking names off the list, but we’re not in a real time crunch,” he said. “We want to find somebody, but we’re going to wait till it’s right. I still wouldn’t call anything a shortlist yet, but we’re finding people we love, the ratings are holding up, Kelly’s doing terrifically with all these cohosts, so we’re continuing.”
Gellman also revealed the key factors in choosing a new permanent co-host for Kelly Ripa. “It’s a million things we’re looking for, but obviously someone who compliments her, someone who has chemistry with her, someone who can handle the show on their own when she’s away with a new host and someone who’s going to grow with us, just like she did 12 years ago when we found Kelly,” Gellman said. “She’s ended up being a terrific talent and hopefully, she’s leading the show for the next 20 years.”
In short, while “Live! With Kelly” is clearly shaving down the list and those three seem to be in the running, it may be too soon to be using the phrase “top three.” Then again, this is a Hollywood. “Live! With Kelly” may even have made its decision, but keeping the search alive and mixing things up with co-hosts like Kevin Jonas, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Samberg and Jerry O'Connell certainly isn't hurting the ratings.
"Live! with Kelly" airs weekday mornings in syndication.
Can't stand "Live With Kelly" and haven't watched since
Regis left the show. So i don't give a flip who comes on.
Hopefully they can over talk her when she constantly has
the urge to interrupt her guests and co-hosts!!
Sick of the model strut too!
She got on my nerves so bad that i even slacked off watching
before Regis left and i love Regis he made that show what
it is today and they pretty much chased him off his own show!
Gelman you can shove it where the sun don't shine...
You suck too!!!
I don't watch when Strahan is hosting, can't stand him. I'd have to quit watching al together if that happened. Neil Patrick Harris, Jerry O'Connell & Martin Short would be my short list!!!
Just take the show off it stinks! Kelly seems to think she is funny but she is not!
It seems to me that Kelly likes not having a regular co-host.I am starting to think she likes it being called" Live with Kelly!I do hope they find a co-host however,without one it seems she trys to hard to be what she isn't..funny.She does not have the stuff to be a comedian(nothing wrong there,not many do)but if they fill the co-host slot it should be somebody that does have that trait.I was hoping for Martin Short,they always seemed to have a good back and forth when he co-hosted?