November 19th, 2011
11:18 AM ET
New York Magazine's Vulture reports that Jerry Seinfeld has been mouthing off about his upcoming gig on “Live!,” now with just Kelly Ripa since Regis Philbin departed on Friday. The comedian stopped by the “Late Show with David Letterman” to discuss “Operation Smooth Transition.”
Seinfeld says he’s going to be co-hosting “Live!” on Monday, and he’s not anticipating a challenge.
While honored to be a part of "Operation Smooth Transition," the cocky comedian says hosting the talk show “doesn’t seem that hard.” He observes of Regis: "He sits there, and he doesn't, he just kind of, you know, takes up people's time.” In a good way.
Letterman noted that Regis makes hosting look easy because he’s “the gold standard.”
Friday was 80-year-old Philbin’s final episode after 28 years hosting the show.
TV Guide speculates on possible replacements: Bravo’s Andy Cohen, Kelly’s hubby Mark Consuelos, style guru Carson Kressley, or “Saved By the Bell” alum Mario Lopez.
People has similar guesses as to who’ll score the spot: Cohen, Ryan Seacrest or Consuelos.
Co-host Kelly Ripa, meanwhile, is mourning her partner's departure. "His chair might soon be empty," she told the Hollywood Reporter, "but the wonderful moments I have experienced with him over the past 10 years will always make him a meaningful part of my life."
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