The list of guest-hosts just released by “Live with Kelly” for the week of July 11-15 only has two names on it, and while the show didn’t mention anything about it in its announcement, the move gives the appearance of narrowing down the list to give more of a tryout to potential long-term co-hosts.
For what it’s worth, “Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba is booked for two days as Kelly Ripa’s guest host, Monday, July 11, and Tuesday, July 13. Actor Fred Savage has the remainder of the spots to himself, guest-hosting Wednesday through Friday, July 13-15.
Recent weeks have typically featured at least four guest hosts, often with one guest getting a two-day block.
The syndicated program, produced by WABC-TV in New York and executive produced by Michael Gelman, is looking for a permanent co-host to take the seat left vacant by Michael Strahan’s recent high-profile departure. It has been generally expected that a replacement will be named in time for the fall season.