Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Josh Groban Out of the Running as Kelly CoHost


Exclusive: Singer Josh Groban is not in the running to be Kelly Ripa’s cohost. Insiders say he hasn’t been contacted at all despite his guest host stints. “He’s very busy with a new album and concert dates,” a source told me. With Groban off the big list, we’re down to Seth Meyers, Michael Strahan and Pat Kiernan as top contenders. Strahan may be coming up strong again. Even though he has to do Sundays on Fox for the NFL, he could still make it back in time for the Monday “Live” in New York. Also, last January, he put his L.A. house on the market. Did he sense something then? Strahan has been extremely popular with viewers, so we can’t count him out yet.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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