Jerry Seinfeld to be first guest cohost on 'Live! With Kelly'
This post has been corrected, as detailed below.
Regis Philbin, we hardly knew ye ... but the show (minus you) must go on. And so ABC announced Tuesday that comedian Jerry Seinfeld will serve as the first guest co-host on "Live! With Kelly."
The morning show's next chapter sans Philbin will kick off Nov. 21. Host Kelly Ripa, who joined the long-running show in 2001 as Kathie Lee Gifford's replacement, will be accompanied by Seinfeld for the first few episodes (Nov. 21-23).
“Jerry is a great friend of ours, and a friend of Kelly’s, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s an entertainment icon,” said executive producer — and frequent Philbin punching bag — Michael Gelman in a statement. “It’s a great way to kick off the new beginning of our show.”
Philbin announced his retirement from the talk show at the start of this season. His last day will be Nov. 18. The show will take on the temporary title "Live! With Kelly" until a permanent cohost has been named.
Among the guests stopping by to join Ripa and Seinfeld are actor Jason Segel, Miss Piggy, Kim Cattrall and Howie Mandel.
[For the record, 7:14 p.m.: A previous version of this post misspelled Gifford, Segel and Cattrall's names.]
— Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: Actor Jerry Seinfeld promoting his "Bee Movie" at the De Russie Hotel, Dec. 4, 2007 in Rome (Italy). Credit: Getty Images