‘Live! With Kelly’s’ Permanent Co-Host Joins in September

By: Lauren DiMascio / August 20, 2012

'LIVE!' with Kelly and Seth?
The SNL funnyman is the frontrunner for the job.
When the new season of Live! With Kelly starts this September, Kelly Ripa will finally get a permanent co-host by her side.

After almost a year of rotating co-hosts, the star will host the hour-long talk show solo on September 3rd before her new colleague begins the next day. The September 4 telecast will feature guests Claire Danes and most recent American Idol champ, Phillip Phillips.

Who won’t be in the co-host chair come this fall?

While Seth Meyers of Saturday Night Live was long considered the front-runner for the position and recently did a week long stint on the show in July, he shot down reports to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

“No, no, no, no, no,” the comedian, 38, told them “I know [Regis’ replacement] is a very important thing down there but, right now, what I would say to you: I’m really in love with the job I have. I’m very excited to be going back [to SNL] for the election season, which is always fun.”

At the time of the report by Showbiz411, ex-footballer Michael Strahan and singer Josh Groban were also considered to be in the Top 3 for the co-hosting spot.

The seat next to Ripa has been open since longtime host Regis Philbin, who was part of the show for 28 seasons, retired in November of 2011. Since then everyone from Anderson Cooper to her own husband, actor Mark Consuelos, has filled the vacant seat. In fact, 59 people have filled Philbin’s seat and The Huffington Post indicates one of them has got the job.

Ripa joined Live! in 2000 after a year-long search for her following the departure of Kathie Lee Gifford.

Who would you like to see next to Kelly on September 4? Weigh in in the comments below!