Last week, one of the biggest rumors in TV was that "Saturday Night Live" head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers would join Kelly Ripa as the permanent co-host of the morning show "Live with Kelly," filling Regis Philbin's vacated spot. Today, Meyers shot down the rumor, claiming that he has no intention of leaving "SNL."
“No, no, no, no, no,” Meyers told The Orlando Sun-Sentinel when asked whether he would take the job. Meyers indicated that during an election year, working on "SNL" is creatively and professionally satisfying, and he does not want to leave the NBC sketch show right now.
Previously, Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411 reported gossip that Meyers was the top pick to succeed Regis Philbin on "Live." Were Meyers to accept the job, Friedman said, he would continue anchoring Weekend Update but would step down as the show's head writer, a post he inherited from Tina Fey in 2006.
This week, Meyers is filling in as a guest co-host with Ripa. Many speculated that the week's shows would be his "final audition" for the job, but this appears to not be the case.
Reportedly, the other top co-host picks are singer Josh Groban and former football player Michael Strahan. Groban has also indicated that he does not want the job.