Seinfeld, who has filled in for Regis before, will guest host with Kelly Ripa for the first week following Philbin's departure, from November 21-23. "Jerry is a great friend of ours, and a friend of Kelly's, and it doesn't hurt that he's an entertainment icon," executive producer Michael Gelman said in a statement. "It's a great way to kick off the new beginning of our show."
Regis and Kelly have tried to debunk rumors that the short list for his replacement was down to just a handful of candidates in September. Ripa will be trying out a cast of guest hosts — a lot like how Regis tried out guest hosts to find Kathie Lee Gifford's replacement.