If it seems like the search for a permanent co-host to join Kelly Ripa on “Live! With Kelly” has been dragging on forever, then you probably have a short memory of how long this show takes to find a co-host. It took six months for the show to replace Kathie Lee Gifford with Ripa, so by those standards we’re potentially only halfway through the search for Regis Philbin‘s replacement.
At least we can enjoy who’s been joining Kelly as guest hosts while we wait on Michael Gelman and company to make their decision. Next up, according to Zap2It, is Alec Baldwin, who will sit to Ripa’s left at the host desk on Feb. 29.
The “30 Rock” star is a good choice for a lot of reasons. One, he’s Alec Baldwin. But he’s also gotten some interview practice on his WNYC podcast, so he’ll be ready to ask people questions and not just talk about how American Airlines is anti-Words With Friends.
Other hosts that week will include Neil Patrick Harris on the post-Oscars show from the Kodak Theater on Feb. 27, Lucy Liu on Feb. 28 and Dan Abrams on March 1-2.