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New candidates in Kelly Ripa co-host sweepstakes

One week into the post-Regis Philbin era and there’s still no clarity on who might assume the seat opposite Kelly Ripa on the show temporarily known as “Live! With Kelly.” 257px-LIVE!_with_Kelly_logo Jerry Seinfeld did a decent job in his first week but permanent hosting duties don’t seem to interest him. Andy Cohen seems out of the running as well given his new deal at Bravo expands his late-night show to five nights a week while keeping his hand in various executive duties. The next co-host beginning Monday, Neil Patrick Harris, wouldn’t seem to be a realistic long-term choice either given his own commitment to “How I Met Your Mother.” Could the next fleet of guests hosts announced Wednesday provide some clues? Jerry O’Connell steps in on Friday, and he could certainly use a new gig. Then come a trio who have perfectly good day jobs, including Derek Hough (Dec. 4), Jonah Hill (Dec. 5) and Josh Groban (Dec. 7-9). Maybe the best bet remains Ripa hubby Mark Consuelos, though you’d think they could have a deal in place by now given his close ties to the show. Remember, Disney CEO Bob Iger has said it could take six months or more to find a replacement, so start practicing your patience skills….

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