Howie Mandel Addresses 'Live!' Co-Host Rumors (VIDEO)

02/07/2012 06:55 pm ET | Updated Feb 08, 2012

After Howie Mandel guest co-hosted "Live! With Kelly" last week, there's been some speculation that he might be a leading candidate to take over Regis Philbin's chair on a permanent basis. Or at least that's what Aisha Tyler told Mandel on "The Talk," (weekdays on CBS) when she asked him about the rumors, which may have been sparked by a tweet from "Real Housewife" Ramona Singer.

Mandel gushed about how much he enjoyed co-hosting the show, and while he insisted he was hearing about the rumors for the first time, he didn't close the door on the possibility. "I love the show, I love Kelly, ["Live!" producer] Michael Gelman has always been a great champion of my career," he said. But then he added, "The truth of the matter is, I haven't been asked -- only by you."

The "America's Got Talent" judge and "Mobbed" host went on to call Regis "irreplaceable," and also noted that the rotating co-hosts have given "Live!" a new and exciting feel. "It's lovely that people think that I could even sit there and do that ... And I hope they keep calling me back ... But no, it's a rumor," Mandel concluded. A rumor that we'll be keeping a close eye on after watching this interview.

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