A new report reveals that before the job of co-host on “Live with Kelly” was offered to Michael Strahan, the show was close to offering the position to Neil Patrick Harris.
Harris was in the conversation back in 2011 when the show needed a replacement for Regis Philbin. The New York Post’s Page Six reports that the subject came up again this week when Harris, who continues to guest host on “Live” on occasion, was appearing at the 92nd Street Y as part of celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s “Food Talk” show.
Initially, Harris was asked whether he’s interested in the current opening.
“That’s when Harris’ husband, David Burtka, chimed in, ‘They offered it to you!,'” The Post reports. “Harris shot back, ‘That’s so absolutely not true,’ before admitting, ‘Well, before the [Strahan] chapter . . . it happened, we talked about the possibility . . . They wanted to gauge my interest.’”
As far as whether he’d be interested this time around, he’s not. The report quotes him saying that guest hosting on the show is “superfun,” but he adds: “I have no interest at all in doing it all year long. It’s a hard show.”