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Now Live! is just being a tease: The co-host may not be anyone we've guessed

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

No Fred Savage, Jussie or Rob Lowe — Live! is going in a totally different direction

With all this talk about who Michael Strahan's replacement on Live! with Kelly could be, we've all been blind to one real possibility: it could actually be another woman.

A show insider says that there are several other names being thrown around that haven't been mentioned in the press previously — and not only are they women, they are women of color.

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"They are looking at women," the source told Us Weekly.

On the shortlist: comedian Wanda Sykes, and former co-host of The View Sherri Shepherd.

Shepherd may have come to the attention of show producers a couple of weeks ago when she told TMZ, "I think people would be ready for a woman with Kelly. How about a black woman?… I would love to do it.

"Would I do it? Yes," Shepherd continued. "Kelly and Sherri, Kelly and the black girl, I don't care. I would love to do it with Kelly. She's amazing; she's fun."

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Sykes has not commented on the possibility, but she has appeared as a guest on the show before, so it is not entirely foreign to her.

Shepherd and Sykes join some other big names as possible co-hosts for Kelly Ripa, including Anderson Cooper, Rob Lowe, Fred Savage, Andy Cohen, Seal, Taye Diggs, Common and Jussie Smollett.

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No Fred Savage, Jussie or Rob Lowe — Live! is going in a totally different direction
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