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Mariah Carey really wants Jussie Smollett to be Live‘s new co-host

Monday’s Live! With Kelly was definitely a fan-favorite episode.

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The combination of Jussie Smollett guest co-hosting and Mariah Carey appearing alongside him and Kelly Ripa made for some hilarious moments that fans can’t get enough of. And many of those moments were thanks to the obvious chemistry that Ripa and Smollett had as co-hosts, making some fans wish that Smollett would become a permanent figure on the show — including Carey.

Throughout the show, she comments on how much she loves Ripa and Smollett as a duo, even going so far to say her hit song, “We Belong Together,” is their new song.

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And Carey isn’t the only one who thinks Smollett would make a good replacement for Michael Strahan, who departed the show earlier this month to join Good Morning America. Fans took to social media to share their thoughts, and many of them think Smollett should take on the job full time.

Maybe the fact that Smollett showed off his chest on the show had something to do with his popularity. During one joke, when Ripa was talking to Carey about fans who have her face and lyrics tattooed on their bodies, Smollett opened up the top of his shirt to reveal his amazing, sculpted pecs temporary tattoos of Carey and Ripa. So cute.

If Smollett wants the hosting gig, though, he has some stiff competition. Rumors have been swirling about who will replace Strahan, including big names like Fred Savage, Rob Lowe and Andy Cohen.

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Who do you think would make the best new co-host on Live! With Kelly? Let us know down in the comments.

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