Kelly Ripa Auditions Jimmy Fallon to Be Her New Co-Host on the ‘Tonight Show’

Hosting one talk show apparently isn’t enough for Jimmy Fallon!

On Wednesday’s Tonight Show, Fallon welcomed Kelly Ripa, who actually auditioned Fallon for the role of her new Live! co-host.

Fallon brought the possibility up as delicately and subtly as he could, innocently mentioning his wide-open daytime schedule.

“I mean, I’m not doing anything in the mornings,” Fallon said, sheepishly, “and we have a little chemistry…”

“We DO have chemistry,” Ripa agreed.

Fallon proposed that Ripa give him the opportunity to show her how good he’d be by her side while the two also played one of his favorite Tonight Showgames, “Word Sneak.”

Sitting down in front of a drop-down New York skyline, Kelly and Jimmy teamed up to play the game, with Tonight Show bandleader Questlove sitting in as their guest.

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Not only did Fallon get the chance to employ his winning charm, but the three of them had to figure out how to work words like “nude model” “chimichangas” and “glockenspiel” into a conversation.

While Fallon’s plate is probably a little full to host two daily talk shows, it would be fun to see him bust out his amazing Regis Philbin impression on Live! With Kelly once in a while.

Ripa and ABC execs are still looking for a full-time replacement for former co-host Michael Strahan, though a source close to the show recently told ET thatRipa enjoys the “dynamic” of having many different guest hosts and that the show isn’t “in a hurry to make a decision anymore.” Check out the video below to hear more.

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