NEW YORK – She might owe him her household name status, but according to a recent survey, more New York college students would rather room with Kelly Ripa (search) than Regis Philbin (search), her "Live With Regis and Kelly" co-host.
An Educational Housing Services survey reports that 32 percent of students polled would like to share an abode with Ripa, who also stars in ABC's "Hope & Faith," while only 1 percent chose Philbin.
"College students love Kelly Ripa," EHS President and Chief Executive Officer George Scott said in a recent statement. "One of the things students say they most want to do while living in New York City is to meet celebrities. A third of our residents would love to have the opportunity to meet Kelly. Sorry Regis, maybe next year."
Conan O'Brien (search), Jon Stewart (search), David Letterman and Tony Danza (search) followed Ripa in the survey, released by EHS, a provider of private, off-campus student housing in New York. The survey was conducted during two weeks in September.
On another survey question, respondents had "Sex" on the mind when asked which celebrity they'd prefer to show them around New York. "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker (search) grabbed 47 percent of the votes with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs running a distant second with 15 percent. Jerry Seinfeld, Derek Jeter and Jennifer Lopez rounded out the top five. Mayor Michael Bloomberg received one vote.