Will Kelly Ripa ever pick a co-host to replace Michael Strahan?


Hey, ah, Kelly Ripa: What's taking you so long to find a co-host? Seriously, it's practically Spring.

That means it's almost time for final exams, so we've got a history lesson for readers: Ripa's original partner, "Live" co-founder Regis Philbin, left their syndicated talker on Nov. 18, 2011. Michael Strahan snagged his seat on Sept. 4, 2012, which was the first episode of a new Fall TV season. All told, that means the last search for a new Ripa co-host took executive producer Michael Gelman and Disney-ABC about nine-and-a-half months and 59 human options to nail a man down and debut.

Since Strahan bailed on the program on May 13, 2016, we're officially past 10 months now — and by TheWrap's count, we're currently at 66 different guest co-hosts. In other words, get on it, guys.

Or could it be possible that the job isn't such a hot commodity after all, given how ugly it got when Strahan elected to go to "GMA"? According to Philbin, she wasn't exactly a joy to be around when he left her either — so scratch any sort of nostalgia play with the 85-year-old.

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos in recent years
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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos in recent years
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend the The Cinema Society with Piaget Host an After Party for EuropaCorp's 'Miss Sloane' at 432 Park Avenue Residence 86B on December 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 08: Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa attend the FOX Summer TCA Press Tour on August 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are seen in 'Midtown' on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Actress/TV personality Kelly Ripa and actor Mark Consuelos attend the 'Nothing Left Unsaid' New York premiere at Time Warner Center on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: Kelly Ripa (L) and Mark Consuelos attend the 'All We Had' World Premiere - 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at the John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: TV personality Kelly Ripa (L) and Mark Consuelos arrive at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Kelly Ripa (L) and Mark Consuelos attend the 2015 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend Andy Cohen & SiriusXM celebrate the launch of Cohen's New, Exclusive SiriusXM Channel, Radio Andy, at PHD Rooftop Lounge at The Dream Downtown in New York City on October 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 12: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend the ceremony honoring Kelly Ripa with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 12: Talkshow host Kelly Ripa and actor Mark Consuelos at the Kelly Ripa Star Ceremony on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on October 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 12: Television host Kelly Ripa (L) and Mark Consuelos attend the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend the '26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards' at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. �� LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend The Opening Night After Party for 'It Shoulda Been You' on Broadway at The Edison Theater on April 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
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In a perfect world, if she had her druthers, Andy Cohen or Anderson Cooper would probably permanently be by Ripa's side. Unfortunately, those guys are a little busy at the moment. Cooper had to turn the banter-fest down last time to remain at CNN, and Cohen has effectively taken himself out of the running due to his responsibilities at Bravo.

Over the summer, it seemed like the then most-frequent guest co-host Fred Savage was the frontrunner — especially when his Fox sitcom "The Grinder" got canceled. And after TheWrap pointed out his number of "Live" appearances versus others, Las Vegas took notice, handing him the best prop bet odds for the permanent gig.

We hope you didn't actually push your chips all-in on the "Wonder Years" alum, though, as he has booked up quite a bit since. And we hear that there haven't been any discussions with Fred for a while.

Nowadays, Ripa's most-regular guest co-host has been friend Jerry O'Connell, with 18 shows under his belt. Next is Christian Slater (13 appearances, plus two more booked), who has "Mr. Robot" to worry about.

Mark Consuelos would probably be a pretty good choice — and not just because he's married to Ripa. Consuelos' average TV Rating across nine "Live" fill-in appearances since Strahan left is solid, and his 10th episode was just announced. That said, he was a finalist the last time we did this dance, when Ripa stated they can't "stay married and both do that show."

Let's ignore for a moment that they met at work on "All My Children."

Other common faces on "Live" include Carrie Ann Inaba (six eps, and seems interested in the role), Scott Wolf and Chris Hardwick. Flip a few coins, because who knows what's going through Ripa's mind.

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Kelly Ripa's style
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Kelly Ripa's style
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Kelly Ripa is seen arriving to the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on September 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Kelly Ripa is seen arriving to the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on September 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
WATER MILL, NY - JULY 26: Host Kelly Ripa attends FIJI Water at Super Saturday Co-Hosted by Kelly Ripa and Donna Karan on July 26, 2014 in Water Mill, New York. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Kelly Ripa and Anderson Cooper -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0082 -- Pictured: (l-r) Television personality Kelly Ripa during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on July 9, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 30: Kelly Ripa is seen on May 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by David Krieger/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Television personality Kelly Ripa attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/WireImage)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 0003 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Kelly Ripa on February 26, 2014 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Kelly Ripa attends the 2013 CNN Heroes at the American Museum of Natural History on November 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: TV personality Kelly Ripa enters the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on November 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: TV personality Kelly Ripa enters the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on November 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Kelly Ripa is seen in Soho on September 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Kelly Ripa and Anderson Cooper -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Kelly Ripa -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Kelly Ripa -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are seen in Soho on May 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 30: Kelly Ripa is seen on May 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by David Krieger/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Kelly Ripa is seen in Midtown on May 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Television personality Kelly Ripa attends the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: TV Personality Kelly Ripa attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Kelly Ripa seen at LAX airport on February 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 0003 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Kelly Ripa on February 26, 2014 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Kelly Ripa visits 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on November 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: TV personalities Kelly Ripa (L) and Michael Strahan attend the 2013 CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute at The American Museum of Natural History on November 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Anderson Cooper, Kelly Ripa, and Michael Strahan attend the 2013 CNN Heroes at American Museum of Natural History on November 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Kelly Ripa arrives for the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on November 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Kelly Ripa attends Amazon Studios Premiere Screening for 'Alpha House' on November 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images for Amazon Studios)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Kelly Ripa, Joaquin and Lola are seen in Soho on October 31, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Kelly Ripa participates as the Grand Marshall in the New York City 40th Annual Village Halloween parade on October 31, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
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Initially, the revolving door of 2016 guest co-hosts provided "Live" with a nice TV ratings boost, though the Nielsen numbers have since settled down. With the February sweeps in our rear-view, maybe it's the May one to circle on your calendar. We're also talking to you, Kelly. Seriously, highlight a day and make it happen.

For now, readers should look to O'Connell and Consuelos as the likeliest candidates — add Slater to the shortlist if he gets the a revised and favorable filming schedule from USA Network.

Ironically for the talk show, no one is talking about this (except us): Disney-ABC declined comment on this story, and TheWrap did not hear back from the personal reps for O'Connell, Slater and Consuelos, among other options with good odds.

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