After 28 years, Regis Philbin is retiring from the daytime television game.  Apparently even co-host Kelly Ripa had no idea, since Regis was afraid the news would leak and therefore didn’t tell anyone until fifteen minutes before he announced it on television.  So now the speculation has started about who will replace the talk show legend when he leaves for good next summer.

Larry King has offered to fill in for a few weeks (hopefully that’s a joke), but some have hinted at possibilities for a permanent replacement.  Martin Short seems to be high on the list, as he’s been a guest host in the past and was popular with the audience, but other names that have been mentioned as possibilities are Jerry Seinfeld, and Kelly Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos.

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