Has Kelly Ripa Finally Found Her Co-Host?

by | May 11, 2012 at 9:10 AM | TV News

Kelly Ripa is taking her sweet time in choosing a permanent co-host (she’s been trying out candidates since Regis Philbin retired in November) for “Live with Kelly.”

On Thursday’s show Nick Lachey, who’s guest hosted several times in the past, proved that he really, really wants the job.

The TV personality serenaded Ripa with a Barry Manilow song (is Barry Manilow really the way to a woman’s heart these days?).

Claiming he wanted to give Kelly “something to think about while you’re on that journey to find your co-host,” Lachey broke into song and replaced the name “Mandy” with “Kelly” and added lyrics like, “I remember all my life, I dreamed of hosting here on Live!” and “Oh Kelly, there’s just one you know should be in/It’s me, Nick Lachey… ”

When it was over, Ripa exclaimed, “Get the contract, for God’s sake!”

Was Lachey’s stunt in the name of fun … or a desperate ploy?

Watch the clip above and decide.