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