The search for a new co-host for Kelly Ripa is casting a wide net, so this was bound to happen sooner or later. Kim Kardashian will kick off a week of “five fabulous women” to share the stage with Ripa on Live! With Kelly the week of January 23-27. We can hardly wait. Till Tuesday. Or maybe later.
With the football season heading into the Super Bowl and basketball season nearing kickoff, sports will be on many people’s minds at the beginning of January. So NBC’s Saturday Night Live and Live! With Kelly booked sports personalities for hosting duties. Charles Barkley will make his third appearance as host of SNL on January 7 with musical guest Kelly Clarkson, while Kelly Ripa’s guest co-hosts for the week of January 9 will include Miami Dolphin’s Reggie Bush, NASCAR’s Carl Edwards, former NFL star Boomer Esiason, ESPN analyst Jesse Palmer and Olympic speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno. Bucking the trend is Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who will make his debut as a SNL host on January 14 with musical guest Lana Del Rey.
In its first episode, Live! With Kelly, with guest co-host Jerry Seinfeld, posted a 4.0 household rating and a 2.2 rating in women 25-54 in the metered markets on Monday. That was down from the big 7.3/23 Live! scored on Friday with the farewell show of Regis Philbin but up 38% and 57%, respectively, from the talk show’s November 2010 averages.
Neil Patrick Harris has joined the list of guest co-hosts on Disney-ABC’s syndicated morning talk show Live! With Kelly, which will use a rotating schedule to fill the seat of star Regis Philbin after he retires following Friday’s show. Harris, a frequent guest host in the past, is set to fill in beside Kelly Ripa from November 28-December 2. Jerry Seinfeld kicks off the guest rotation, doing a three-day stint November 21-23. Ripa last week reupped with the show through at least 2017, but a successor to Philbin as permanent co-host has not been named.
EXCLUSIVE: With Regis Philbin leaving Live! With Regis And Kelly next week, the company that distributes the popular daily syndicated talk show has moved to lock in co-host Kelly Ripa through at least 2017. I’ve learned that Ripa has signed a new five-year deal with Disney-ABC Domestic Television that will start in fall 2012, when the talk show host’s current pact expires. This past February, Ripa celebrated her 10-year anniversary on Live!, and her new contract will extend her tenure on the show to 16 years. The rich new deal comes just as Ripa prepares to fly solo following Philbin’s November 18 exit when the veteran syndicated talk show will be temporarily renamed Live! With Kelly until a permanent co-host is found. While the search is underway, Ripa will be joined by a slew of guest co-hosts. First off is Jerry Seinfeld, who will take a seat besides Ripa on her first three solo shows, November 21-23. Earlier today, Live! announced the lineup of guests for Philbin’s final week, which includes David Letterman and Kathie Lee Gifford. Along with Philbin, Ripa won a Daytime Emmy for best talk show host this past summer. In addition to her hosting duties on Live!, Ripa remains active on the acting side and has been developing and producing TV projects through Milojo Prods., her company with husband Mark …
Following Regis Philbin’s November 18 exit, his syndicated talk show with Kelly Ripa will be temporarily retitled Live! With Kelly while a new permanent co-host is found. In the meantime, Ripa will be joined by a slew of guest co-hosts. First off is Jerry Seinfeld, who will take a seat besides Ripa on her first three solo shows, November 21-23. The duo’s guests will include Jason Segal, Kim Cattrall, Howie Mandel, Jamie Oliver and Miss Piggy. “Jerry is a great friend of ours, and a friend of Kelly’s, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s an entertainment icon,” Live executive producer Michael Gelman said. “It’s a great way to kick off the new beginning of our show.”