Kelly Ripa To Get New Sidekick Soon! Show Narrows Down List Of Contenders

kelly Ripa New Co-Host Sidekick Replacement
Source: ABC

Jun. 1 2016, Updated 9:11 p.m. ET

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The dust has barely settled after Michael Strahan's sudden and dramatic departure from Live with Kelly & Michael for Good Morning America, but his former co-host may have a permanent replacement sitting beside her very soon!

According to US Weekly, one insider noted that executives for Live with Kelly are looking at a whittled down list of contenders for Strahan's spot, including former View cohost Sherri Shepherd and comedian Wanda Sykes.

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Another source revealed that Taye Diggs and Rob Lowe are also in the running.

As for 45-year-old Ripa, she's staying mum on the subject so far, but she has hinted she would prefer to have a male partner to continue the "mom and dad" dynamic.

"It doesn't fall out of the sky, it takes a lot of work, and it takes a group discussion," Ripa said of the difficult decision, adding that "chemistry and camaraderie and trust" are the most important elements to foster a good relationship with her future sidekick.

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