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Michael Strahan’s Potential  ‘Live With Kelly’ Replacements Could Be a Woman: Wanda Sykes, Sherri Shepherd

May the best man — or woman — win.

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Live with Kelly insider reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly that executives for the syndicated talk show are considering Sherri Shepherd and Wanda Sykes to sit beside Kelly Ripa now that Michael Strahan has moved on to Good Morning America. “They are looking at women,” the source clarifies.

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan film a segment at the “Live With Kelly” taping at the ABC Lincoln Center on June 28, 2012 in New York City. Ray Tamarra/Getty Images

Former View host Shepherd, 49, believes another female would be the perfect addition to the daytime program. “I think people would be ready for a woman with Kelly,” she told TMZ May 18. “How about a black woman? … I would love to do it.”

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Meanwhile, Sykes, 52, who has appeared as a Live guest in the past, hasn’t commented on the prospect of becoming a permanent addition.

Wanda Sykes and Sherri Shepherd
Wanda Sykes and Sherri Shepherd Jason Carter Rinaldi/Getty Images; Mike Coppola/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Since the ex-NFL player, 44, ended his four-year run on the show May 13, guest hosts have included Andy Cohen, Fred Savage, Common, Seal, and Jussie Smollett.

And a man could still be in the running to replace Strahan. Among ABC’s other contenders, says the source: Taye Diggs and Rob Lowe, whose freshman Fox sitcom The Grinder was recently canceled and who filled in in 2012 after Regis Philbin retired.

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“I had the time of my life,” Lowe, 52, recalled to Entertainment Tonight May 25 of his temping experience. “I love being able to talk to an audience every morning.”

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