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Regis Philbin says he’s retiring. Who would be a good replacement?

Regis Philbin & Kelly Ripa back in 2001.

Regis Philbin & Kelly Ripa back in 2001.

After a quarter century, 79-year-old Regis Philbin said he’s going to retire later this year.

He made the announcement this morning on “Live With Regis & Kelly.” His show was previously co-hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford (now on “Today”) until 2000 when Kelly Ripa took over.

So who could possibly replace Philbin, who has been in the national spotlight for more than 40 years? Give us your ideas.

Jeff Probst, host of “Survivor,” has been a frequent guest host. Others include actor Mark Consuelos and CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who is starting his own syndicated show this fall.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

154 comments Add your comment

Rich

January 18th, 2011
9:57 am

the show sucks….cancel it.

KD

January 18th, 2011
9:57 am

Doesn’t matter, the show would never be the same, the show would probably go under within a year.

Kat

January 18th, 2011
9:59 am

Have her husband, Mark Consuelos, be the main co-host – since Regis/Kathie Lee and Regis/Kelly were like husband/wives anyway. Then, let others fill in.

Kat

January 18th, 2011
9:59 am

That’s also a seriously old picture of the two of them.

jw

January 18th, 2011
10:01 am

Interesting – You have to get that old TV school approach that will only drive you half crazy, sure don’t need any more bubbly personalities – Kelly takes care of that

Harry Smith – he would counter-act Kelly and it would be a good show! He can smooze, not sure he is going to slap folks on the backside or not, but he would be a good person – Kelly would still be in charge!

Terry

January 18th, 2011
10:06 am

here is my list of contenders for the replacement of regis.( in no particular order0
david hasselhoff
robert downey jr.
eric braeden (victor newman)

Susan

January 18th, 2011
10:07 am

MARK Consuelos!!! I love the banter between them.

mojo

January 18th, 2011
10:08 am

Chris Harrison from the bachelor…someone with a good sense of humor.

DancesWithWolves

January 18th, 2011
10:13 am

Don’t think he can be replaced. Consuelos and Cooper are BAD ideas though.

Sandy

January 18th, 2011
10:14 am

They need to just cancel the show, it won’t be the same without Regis. It was created for him and it is his show.

PLEEZE

January 18th, 2011
10:14 am

Harry Smith??? Harry’s next gig will b the CBS Sunday Morning program or the soon to b AARP channel.
The show is gonna take a hit,but Regis is not entertaining anymore. He gets too frustrated with new stuff and his old man ’sexual’ inuendos creeps me out. He’s just not the same.

whoknows

January 18th, 2011
10:16 am

Good time to replace them both. I am sick of Kelly Rippa and never thought she was a good fit for the show anyway. He was too old to be paired with such a younger person!

Mony

January 18th, 2011
10:18 am

Have watched for years but don’t want Cooper or Mark. Jeff Probst would be good.

PLEEZE

January 18th, 2011
10:19 am

Jim

January 18th, 2011
10:21 am

How about Larry King?

Karmadog

January 18th, 2011
10:28 am

How about Ricky Gervais? I hear he’s looking for work now after the Golden Globes..lol

Greg

January 18th, 2011
10:28 am

I think Hugh Grant would be good, easy personality and she can continue to be the manic one till she loses so much weight she just keels over. I love the commercial of her in the kitchen cooking, yea sure ok.

MIKE

January 18th, 2011
10:31 am

Leroy

January 18th, 2011
10:32 am

Larry King would fit in just fine or Neal Boortz.

Fire Frank Wren

January 18th, 2011
10:33 am

juan carlos diego raul sanchez

January 18th, 2011
10:34 am

Al Gore – ShockRAAAAAAA

Kelly's Worst Nightmare

January 18th, 2011
10:39 am

Clay Aiken – Maybe he can cover Kelly’s mouth again.

C. Tucker

January 18th, 2011
10:40 am

Anderson Cooper or Mark Consuelos

In my opinion

January 18th, 2011
10:41 am

PLEEZE….I love your idea! Andy Cohen definitely..but only if he’s drinking!!!! Replace Kelly too. She’s going to disintegrate if she gets any thinner. She says she doesn’t have anorexia….whatever!!!

I miss Toucher

January 18th, 2011
10:41 am

I actually really enjoyed the few shows Jeff Gordon did……that would be interesting

Kelly's Second Worst Nightmare

January 18th, 2011
10:42 am

I’m Back! Kathie Lee Gifford.

Mary

January 18th, 2011
10:43 am

Anderson Cooper

JOE

January 18th, 2011
10:48 am

JUST CANCEL IT!

Chief Wiggum

January 18th, 2011
10:49 am

Tony Danza?

Who’s the Boss? (punch)

Windell

January 18th, 2011
10:49 am

My first choice is that gay guy with the 3 names – can’t think of his name. I have said that if Regis left the show, this guy would be a perfect fit. I AM NOT GAY, but always thought he was great when
he filled in for Regis at times. NO JEFF PROBST, NO ANDERSON COOPER, NO PAT SAJAK, NO
BRIAN GUMBLE, ETC. ETC, ETC. All they want to do is flirt and flirt with Kelly. Sam Chapman would
be another good choice and I always like Mark, her husband, when he fills in. They always have a
great dialogue together and actually are very funny. Anyone know the name of the 3 name gay guy. He is tall with blonde hair. GO KELLY…Finally getting rid of Regis – been looking forward to this for several years.

Dave in Marietta

January 18th, 2011
10:58 am

How about Art Linkletter. He’s old like Regis. No, wait he’s already dead. Ed McMahon? Dead. Dick Clark? Stroked out. Okay, so all the old school dudes are done. The show would not be the same with some young slick guy. The crochety old man schtik is a key element of this otherwise dreadful program.

Winner of the Trivia on Regis and Kelly

January 18th, 2011
11:01 am

No Larry King…the geezer is old as dirt. No Anderson Cooper (although he is nice eye candy). No Conselous (Kelly doesn’t let him get a word in).

Just take the show off the air.

CJ

January 18th, 2011
11:09 am

1. Neil Patrick Harris
2. Justin Timberlake
3. Ryan Seacrest (because he needs ONE more TV show)
4. Nate Berkus (though Oprah OWNs him, so that might not work)

Maggie B

January 18th, 2011
11:12 am

Wendell,

I think you’re thinking of Neil Patrick Harris. He has been very charming on this show, but he has a successful sitcom. That might be too much on his plate.

I think they should just cance the show. It wouldn’t be the same without Regis.

LWA

January 18th, 2011
11:12 am

Why does the show need to continue?

Evelyn Hyde

January 18th, 2011
11:13 am

End the show. If someone else wants to start one let them do it. Your show will never be the same again no matter who takes it over

Gobbleman

January 18th, 2011
11:15 am

Have Kelly appear topless….it would not matter who the man is…..in fact have a rule that all female guest have to appear topless….wait….not Joan Rivers

MissTopShelf

January 18th, 2011
11:15 am

Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Strahan (ex-footballer) or Anderson Cooper — they have been the best co-hosts thus far!

Pam

January 18th, 2011
11:17 am

Cancel it!!!!!

Lee

January 18th, 2011
11:18 am

Kelly is FINE – fine. I say let her husband co-host with her. But Kelly has a hard body.

Deirdre

January 18th, 2011
11:23 am

Just a small correction. The show in New York was first co-hosted by Cindy Garvey, then Ann Abernathy. Kathie Lee took over in 1985 but the show didn’t become Live with Regis and Kathie Lee until 1988 when it was syndicated.

Yeah, I know…I know WAY too much about it to be normal.

bjohndawg

January 18th, 2011
11:24 am

Mel

January 18th, 2011
11:29 am

Jerry O’Connell. He and Kelly were hysterical together last week. The Defenders will probably get canceled soon anyway.

Gurgaon

January 18th, 2011
11:33 am

Howard Stern.

Winner of the Trivia on Regis and Kelly

January 18th, 2011
11:34 am

@Mel ~ excellent choice, Jerry O’Connell. They do mesh very well together.

@CJ ~ Oprah owning Nate Berkus (another piece of eye candy) was hella funny!

Rhona Cooper

January 18th, 2011
11:54 am

I say hire Kelly’s husband Mark Consuelos. I love him, and they’re funny together.

dee dee

January 18th, 2011
11:54 am

She is great with Mark but may be too much together time for them. I
think Jerry O’Connell or John Stamos. What about Michael Knight from
All My Children? He is hysterically funny and quick witted..

Larry T

January 18th, 2011
11:54 am

Tiki Barber would be great, however Hollywood and America wouldn’t consider that….

Kennesaw Dave

January 18th, 2011
11:58 am

Ryan Seacrest. He’s got the celeb connections for guests and he would probably pair well with Kelly

Love Kells

January 18th, 2011
11:59 am

Mark or Anderson (i think it might be beneath Anderson though)