Image Credit: Disney/ABC Domestic TelevisionAs Regis Philbin announced this morning, the longtime morning talk show host will be retiring later this year. And as one of you commenters mentioned reacting to the news: Poor, poor Joel McHale. But also, poor us! The Live! with Regis & Kelly host was a welcomed presence on television, providing wary and gloomy folks a much-needed non-caffeinated kick in the morning.
Thankfully, us Live! fans will still have Kelly Ripa to lean on for a.m. laughs, but who should take Philbin’s place? (UPDATE: According to ABC, a replacement will be named “in the coming months.”) I’ll admit I’m a little bummed that Anderson Cooper has already locked in a daytime talk show for himself, as the silver fox had undeniable chemistry with Ripa whenever he filled in for Philbin. (Plus, any guy who is willing to dress as a bunny for television would rock Live!‘s Halloween episodes.) Then there’s Mark Consuelos, the man otherwise known as Mr. Kelly Ripa who I imagine has a real shot at the gig. He has been a fun replacement for a vacationing Philbin — but if we wanted to watch hosts talk exclusively about their children, we would watch Live! with Regis & Kathie Lee circa 1995. No, if I can’t have Cooper or Philbin, I want someone who could really fill Philbin’s shoes — someone cuddly enough to hug, and gaffe-prone enough to be featured regularly on The Soup. So, here, I start my official campaign for — drumroll please — the Donka Doo Ball lady.
Of course, I would settle for Jeff Probst, Neil Patrick Harris, and Philbin man-crush Jon Hamm as well.
Now to you, friends: Who should replace Regis Philbin?