According to Deadline, Ripa has signed a new deal to remain with the series for five additional years after her current deal expires in fall 2012.
Philbin leaves 'Live! With Regis and Kelly' on Fri., Nov. 18. Following his departure, the show will be renamed 'Live! With Kelly' as the producers search for a permanent replacement. When Kathie Lee Gifford left the series in 2000, the show was retitled 'Live! With Regis' while producers auditioned various co-hosts opposite Philbin. Ripa ultimately got the job in 2001.
The first guest co-host will be Jerry Seinfeld. He'll sit opposite Ripa from Mon., Nov. 21 - Wed., Nov. 23.
"Jerry is a great friend of ours, and a friend of Kelly's, and it doesn't hurt that he's an entertainment icon," Michael Gelman, 'Live!' executive producer, said in a statement. "It's a great way to kick off the new beginning of our show."
Jason Segal, Kim Cattrall, Howie Mandel, Jamie Oliver and Miss Piggy will stop by 'Live! With Kelly' while Seinfeld is co-hosting.
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