No. Just so much no.
Hold on! Now hold on just one second!
You think after nearly a YEAR of speculation and rotating guest hosts that ABC would just flippantly announce Kelly Ripa's new partner in crime via a press release?! Where's the fun in that?! Where's the drama and the spectacle?! Come, come now, folks. We thought you understood by now…
This thing is going to be DRAWN OUT!
We can tell you this — the alphabet network has decided on a star to fill Regis Philbin's vacant seat PERMANENTLY, and they will be making their debut on September 4th. Now, you're asking yourself, "Self! LIVE! With Kelly returns on September 3rd!"
Astute observation! Kelly will be having one more jaunt on the show solo that day before she announces to the world the following morning who her co-host will be. Fans will watch with breathless anticipation has Kelly takes the iconic walk out into the studio with her new cohort in arm.
Time will tell all, and with such little time left, we have a feeling the rumors will hit the ground running in 3…2…1…
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