Ryan Seacrest, Andy Cohen identified as possible Regis Philbin successors

Two people best known for their connections to reality TV are said to be on the short list of candidates to replace Regis Philbin when he retires in November: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and Bravo VP Andy Cohen.

The Wall Street Journal reported that “Disney has been considering a range of candidates” and “people close to Disney-ABC Domestic Television, which distributes the show,” say that the candidates include “Ryan Seacrest, 36; TV host and Bravo cable-television network executive Andy Cohen, 43; and TV host and actor [and Kelly Ripa’s husband] Mark Consuelos, 40.” Previously, Jeff Probst said he wouldn’t want the job.

In a follow-up today, The New York Post’s Page Six says new Bravo owner Comcast “has been happy with Cohen as host of the frothy ‘Watch What Happens Live,’ sources say, but not as much with his executive role,” so they’d be happy for him to leave and take Regis’ job.

That’s according to a sketchy “source familiar with the network.” (Um, wouldn’t that be pretty much anyone who’s watched TV and knows what Bravo is?) I find it kind of amazing that Andy Cohen’s value would be as host of the popular trainwreck WWHL rather than an executive who develops the shows that generate conversation on his show and elsewhere.

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