Lots of excitement over new hosts for a number of TV shows in recent weeks, with the casting carousel at American Idol HQ most in the spotlight.
Add Live! with Kelly Ripa to that short list.
The ABC daytime talkshow that was, for a long time, hosted by Ripa and Regis Philbin, until Philbin left the show last year, has been on the hunt for a new host to take Regis’ empty seat.
And after months of speculation, it looks like Live! may have found its man.
According to Broadcasting & Cable, former NFL defensive star Michael Strahan will be named Kelly’s co-host next month.
Strahan (who has actually been a guest-host on on Live! after Regis’ exit) already has a gig with Fox NFL Sunday, but there apparently won’t be any conflict.
Other guest hosts who are said to have also been on the short list of potential permanent hosts include Seth Meyers.
Broadcast & Cable is a reliable source for the business of TV, so this just might eventually be confirmed by ABC shortly. But I wouldn’t change the name of the show to Live! with Kelly & Michael just yet.