Kelly Ripa to Announce New Co-Host Next Month

Monday, August 20, 2012

KELLY Ripa is going to announce her new Live! co-host on Tuesday, September 4 — the day after Labor Day Weekend and the new season’s kickoff.

The new co-host will replace Regis Philbin, who quit last year.

Actress Claire Danes and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips are scheduled to appear as guests while also being on hand to fete the new co-host.

Since Philbin, 80, departed from the show in November 2011, Josh Groban, 31, Jerry O’Connell, 38, Nick Lachey, 38, Seth Meyers, 38, and even Ripa’s hubby, Mark Consuelos, 41, have widely been considered contenders for the gig.

Ripa, 41, has previously shot down rumors that Consuelos, who has shared hosting duties with her before, would become a fixture at her daytime job.

“No one would make me happier than Mark, but he values our marriage,” she said in the June issue of Vanity Fair. “He says that he doesn’t see how we could stay married and both do that show.”