After trying out a whopping 59 possible co-hosts since Regis Philbin left his morning talk show gig in November, the producers of "Live! With Kelly" have finally found Philbin's replacement to host alongside Kelly Ripa. Nick Lachey, Josh Groban, and even Ripa's own husband, Mark Consuelos, have appeared as guest hosts since Philbin left the show. Wondering who made the cut? The new co-host will be revealed on the show's season premiere on Sept. 4.
--Kristi Palma, Boston.com Staff
Ann Curry won't be waking up early anymore.
Curry announced on June 28 that she will no longer return to NBC's "Today" show as a co-host. The departure comes after much speculation that NBC executives had been planning to oust her after the morning show, which had won ratings every week since 1996, until that changed this spring, The Associated Press reports.
The TV host was emotional as she bid farewell, saying, "This is not how I ever expected to leave this couch after 15 years but I am so grateful."
Curry joined "Today" as a news anchor in 1997, and became a co-host last year after longtime host Meredith Vieira left the show.
The brass at NBC may be looking to replace "Today Show" host Ann Curry, but some of her dedicated fans are coming to her defense.
Speculation has been running rampant that NBC executives are looking to replace Curry, after the "Today" show's spring ratings battle with ABC rival "Good Morning America," according to The Associated Press.
However, Iraq veteran Stephen Crowley has started an online petition to keep Curry on the popular morning show, stating,"one of the things that gives me a sense of calm and certainty in life is Ann Curry's compassionate style of journalism."
Crowley also added in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that "I hope I donít start an Occupy NBC, because I like the other people [on the show]. I donít want to get anyone fired. I just think maybe they should add more people. Hire someone else too [but keep Ann].Ē
As of June 25, over 18,000 signatures have been collected.
Arsenio Hall is back on the scene.
The comedian, who shot to fame in late '80s and early '90s with his popular late-night talk show, "The Arsenio Hall Show," is returning to his TV roots with a new program on set to air on CBS in fall 2013.
"I know it's very crowded out there in late night, but I really believe that what I do, is a little different than the way the other guys do it," Hall said during an interview with "Entertainment Tonight."
Hall also mentioned that his ideal first guest would come from the hip-hop world, like Eminem or Jay-Z.
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