Josh Groban, Jonah Hill, more join 'LIVE! with Kelly' as guest co-hosts
Josh Groban, Jonah Hill, Jerry O'Connell and Derek Hough have been added to the list of people set to help host "LIVE!" with Kelly Ripa following Regis Philbin's departure.
Earlier this week, Jerry Seinfeld became the first star to co-host the ABC daytime talk show since Philbin, 80, left the series on November 18, after some 28 years.
A permanent host has not been announced and the show's title has been changed temporarily from "LIVE! with Regis and Kelly" to "LIVE! with Kelly." The upcoming episodes will mark Hill's and Hough's co-hosting debuts, ABC said in a statement.
O'Connell will co-host the ABC daytime talk show on Friday, November 25. The actor is known for films such as "Stand By Me" and "Jerry Maguire" and the CBS show "The Defenders." He recently made his Broadway debut in the play "Seminar." "LIVE!" is filmed in New York City.
O'Connell and Ripa are set to talk to "Castle" star Nathan Fillion, who also appears in Joss Whedon's new Shakespeare-inspired film, and "Glee" actress Jane Lynch.
Hough, a "Dancing With The Stars" cast member who recently placed third on the ballroom dancing show with partner Ricki Lake, has been booked for "LIVE!" on December 5, during which he and Ripa will interview actor Jeffrey Donovan, actress Elizabeth Olsen and chef Paula Deen.
The next day, on December 6, it is actor Jonah Hill's turn to co-host. Hill is known for his roles in the comedy film "Superbad" and the recent Brad Pitt movie "Moneyball" and is currently promoting his new FOX series, "Allen Gregory." His "Knocked Up" co-star Jason Segel, who is promoting the new "Muppet" movie, appeared on "LIVE!" earlier this month.
Guests booked for Hill's episode are Sarah Jessica Parker, chef Richard Blais and Emily Van Camp, who stars in ABC's new drama "Revenge."
Groban will co-host "LIVE!" from December 7 to December 9. The popular singer recently guest starred on the NBC show "The Office" and has also acted on shows such as "Glee" and in the movie "Crazy, Stupid Love," with former "Office" star Steve Carell.
Groban and Ripa are set to interview Zac Efron, best known for Disney's "High School Musical" series, as well as singer Neil Diamond, chef Anne Burrell, "Little Miss Sunshine" actress Abigail Breslin and Charlize Theron, who is promoting her new comedy film "Young Adult" and plays the Evil Queen in the new film "Snow White and the Huntsman" (see trailer).
Other stars previously named as co-hosts include "America's Got Talent" host Howie Mandel and television chef Jamie Oliver.
During his time co-hosting "LIVE!" earlier this week, Seinfeld brought his puppy on the show and said it was named after his favorite baseball player, Jose Reyes. He also used the opportunity to urge the New York Mets to re-sign him.
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