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.As Regis Philbin
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?