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EXCLUSIVE: Who’s going to sit next to Kelly Ripa come this September? That’s when Disney TV, ABC, and Michael Gellman have to make a decision name a successor to Regis Philbin. I am told that three names are in the finals, with one the probable winner. The names are Seth Meyers from “Saturday Night Live,” former football great Michael Strahan, and singer Josh Groban. Yes, all these names startled me, too. But then I looked at the July co-host schedule. Strahan just finished a few dates with Kelly.

But on Monday, July 9th, Meyers starts a five day stint. It’s the first Monday to Friday stint for any co-host since Neil Patrick Harris from Novem ber 28-December 2 last year. (And NPH is still unavailable, thanks to “How I Met Your Mother” on CBS.) I’m told that if Meyers gets the job, and it seems likely, he’ll still do the news on “Saturday Night Live.” He may have to resign as head writer of the show, however, given the “Live” schedule. Meyers has been a popular co-host for Kelly, having sat in the chair in April and then again in May for multiple appearances. (He was also on a few times before that.)

It also seems key that Meyers is doing a full week in the middle of July sweeps. This is a big test.

Ripa’s preference for pal Anderson Cooper is well known, but unlikely since Cooper already has two shows — one on CNN and one in syndication. Others who’d like the gig have not been asked back as many times as Meyers. Strahan has been a strong contender, but in the end, I’m told, it’s Meyers who has the widest appeal, background and strengths.

No one’s asked me, and when I heard about Meyers I admit I was surprised. But the guy is very smart, and talented, and quick on his feet. Also, he’s been on “Saturday Night Live” forever, but can’t stay there for the rest of his life. He hasn’t developed a movie career or any outside career, really. So what to do next? He needs a talk show. Everything at night is taken. “Live with Kelly and Seth” may actually be a very smart move. Meyers would be a welcome addition to the show on a permanent basis–no matter how much we miss Regis!

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  2. Please not Meyers. He looks as though he could care less what people are saying, and just wants to get out his next joke which aren’t really that funny. My vote would be with Josh.

  3. I love Seth Meyers and am thrilled to hear he may be joining the show. He is such a talented comedian and has a strong background as a comedy writer. I think he could lead the show in a really fun new direction.

  4. Kelly it has to be Michael Strahan because he is so funny and down to earth. Love his stories about family and the cake that woman took home. I really think he is the best and he is not boring. He is not yelling like Regis did and not into him self and he is naturally funny, no put ons. He is a football player and kind and gentle and I love how he pulls out your chair for you. That is a real gentleman. Please let Michael Strahan be next to you every day.

  5. Not a fan of Seth Meyers, so, it will be a disappointment if he becomes the co-host. I think when he is guest hosting, he and Kelly laugh too much over nothing. Michael Strayhan is my fav.

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