Host Kelly Ripa has been a mainstay on morning TV since her days alongside Regis Philbin on Live with Regis & Kelly. Today, there’s been many, many iterations, including Live with Kelly & Michael, Live with Kelly, and Live with Kelly & Ryan.
After decades in front of the camera, Ripa shines no matter who her co-host is—and she’s had a lot of them. After former football star Michael Strahan left the show in 2016, Ripa went in search of a new co-host. For almost one whole year, Live with Kelly featured a revolving door of A-list guest hosts, including Anderson Cooper, Carrie Ann Inaba, Fred Savage, and Andy Cohen.
Even though each guest host brought a long list of credentials with them, none was given the full-time position. That is, until ABC and Ripa announced American Idol alum Ryan Seacrest would be taking over. Seacrest himself was a guest host five times on Live.
While we’re certainly happy for the new morning show couple, let’s not forget the dozens of stars who filled in before Seacrest nabbed the vacancy. We have to admit there was definitely some chemistry between Ripa and her guest hosts.
Watch the video below to see some of the most memorable Live with Kelly guest co-hosts!