As Live! prepares for Regis Philbin’s last days as host, the syndicated show has lined up its ducks when it comes to Kelly Ripa. Disney-ABC Domestic TV has signed the popular host to a new deal that will keep her in daytime through 2017. She’s already been on the daytime talker for 10 years.
Once Philbin departs on Nov. 18, the show will go by the temporary name of Live! With Kelly until a replacement for the Reeg can be found. It has already been announced that Jerry Seinfeld will guest host on Nov. 21-23.
In the meantime, Live! has announced the line-up for Philbin’s final week. Funnymen Jimmy Fallon and Don Rickles will kick off the week of “musical tributes and more” and theme packages will air throughout the week to cover the past 28 seasons of Live!, including Philbin’s top moments and favorite memories.
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