Mark Consuelos is the even-money favorite at the books right now to replace Regis Philbin as the co-host of Live With Regis and Kelly later this year.
Consuelos, of course, is married to Kelly Ripa, which the oddsmakers must feel gives him a leg up on the competition for the job. He's also been a fill-in host on the show in the past, and seemed comfortable enough engaging in the inane chit-chat called for by the job.
However, Disney-ABC might prefer a more professional co-host to pair with Ripa. The odds have Andy Cohen next at 3/2 on that list, followed by Ryan Seacrest at 7/1, and Jeff Probst at 10/1.
Cohen hosts Watch What Happens Live on the Bravo network, and therefore carries a much lower profile than his American Idol and Survivor counterparts. He also serves as an executive vice-president and producer at Bravo.
Disney-ABC could also have a different candidate in mind for the job of Philbin's eventual replacement, with 'Other' pegged at 5/2 odds on that entertainment prop at . Anyone know what Charlie Sheen is up to these days?
Who will replace Regis as full time co-host with Kelly?
Mark Consuelos 1/1
Andy Cohen 3/2
Ryan Seacrest 7/1
Jeff Probst 10/1