Producer Michael Gelman said that as of right now Philbin’s replacement is not in place. Among the celebs rumored to be in the running to take over are Howie Mandel and Survivor‘s Jeff Probst.
Philbin kidded his co-host Kelly Ripa saying she’ll be trying out new men to take his place, but no matter who finally lands the co-hosting gig, they’ll have big shoes to fill. Philbin’s been appearing on the daytime TV series since 1983 and was joined in 1985 by Kathie Lee Gifford. Ripa took over co-hosting duties when Gifford left in 2001.
-September 6, 2011