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Weekly TV Update: August 20

Nikki Minaj may become an American Idol judge.

Franklin & Bash‘s Malcolm McDowell will play a history professor on Community.

Kelsey Grammer claims his Emmy snub for Boss was because he is a Republican.

After NBC lays off 20 Tonight Show staffers, Jay Leno takes a pay cut to save more jobs.

Kelly Ripa will finally announce her new permanent co-host on September 4.

Update: USA Today confirms Michael Strahan is Kelly Ripa’s new co-host.

Kelly Ripa May Finally Be Getting a Permanent Co-Host

We’ve mentioned before that ABC has been procrastinating in picking a new co-host for Kelly Ripa on Live!. However, it looks like they are finally looking for a serious replacement for Regis Philbin. Showbiz 411 reports that ABC has revealed the short list for Ripa’s new co-host. The finalists for the position are Seth Meyers from “Saturday Night Live,” former football player Michael Strahan, and singer Josh Groban.



Live with Kelly Still Needs a Permanent Co-Host

Regis Philbin has been off of daytime television for seven months and Kelly Ripa still does not have a permanent co-host. I know Michael Gelman and the rest of the Live with Kelly crew is looking for the perfect co-host, but this is getting ridiculous because they are not even in a hurry to find one. It has gotten to the point that Live with Kelly is milking its lack of a stable co-host for all the publicity it’s worth.

On Monday, the show announced Live’s Coast-to-Coast Co-Host Search. Viewers will be able to submit 60 second videos about why they should be Ripas co-host from now until June 29. The 10 semi-finalists will be announced on July 16. Later that week, the 5 five finalists will be flown to New York City and given the opportunity to be Ripa’s co-host for a day.

For more details about the contest, go to the Live with Kelly website.

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