While Seth Meyers may be the favorite in the eyes of “Live! with Kelly” producers to be their new permanent co-hosts following the exit of Regis Philbin, that does not mean that the “Saturday Night Live” cast member necessarily feels the same exact way.
In a new interview published in the Orlando Sun-Sentinel, Meyers was pretty blunt when asked if he was going to take on the job for the morning talk show:
“No, no, no, no, no … I know [Reege’s replacement] is a very important thing down there. But, right now, what I would say to you: I’m really in love with the job I have. I’m very excited to be going back [to “SNL”] for the election season, which is always fun.”
It is feasible that Meyers would be able to do both “Live! with Kelly” and continue his duties on “SNL” and “Weekend Update,” but this would mean a jam-packed schedule and that he would have to step down as a writer for the NBC show. Plus, at this point doesn’t “SNL” really need him around? There’s still no word on what Jason Sudeikis is going to be down next season, but both Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig have each already left the show — and consequently left a gaping hole in what this show is to its modern viewing audience.
The other two leading candidates supposedly to replace Regis are former NFL player Michael Strahan and singer Josh Groban — but each of them would probably have to give up some of their other responsibilities, as well, if they wanted to come host the show. The problem with many “Live! with Kelly” choices at the moment are that they all have other jobs, and they would need to be swayed that this is the best permanent move for their career.
Who do you want to see fill Regis’ shoes?