As Regis Philbin approaches his last day on Live! With Regis and Kelly next week,
the program has locked in co-host Kelly Ripa for five more years, a
spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.
Ripa has signed a contract extension to keep her on the
syndicated Disney-ABC morning program through 2017. She first joined the
program in 2001, when she replaced co-host Kathie Lee Gifford.
After Philbin's last show on Nov. 18, Live! will bring in a lineup of rotating guest c-hosts, starting
with Jerry Seinfeld on Nov. 21-23.
Names rumored to be on the shortlist to replace Philbin
include Ryan Seacrest and Andy Cohen, though the show is expected to run through
rounds of guest hosts before naming a successor.