The dude who won the social media contest to co-host with Kelly Ripa is coming back, and he's in the running to become her permanent host ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the production tell us, Richard Curtis "blew everyone away" with his performance Friday. We're told he'll be back for another gig, as early as mid-November.
According to one source, the internal feedback on the Pennsylvania high school teacher was "universally positive," and staffers were stunned by his poise and self-confidence.
We're told the 30-year-old married father of 2 is "very much in the running" to get the coveted job. One source connected with the show tells us, "He was the best co-host since Michael [Strahan] left."