‘Live’: Is Joel McHale Best To Replace Strahan?

Former 'Talk Soup' host is very well liked by the public


Joel McHale stars in NBC comedy 'Community'

There’s a job opening at LIVE WITH KELLY AND…?

With current co-host Michael Strahan on the way out this Friday, producers have lined up a flurry of guests to fill in while they search for a replacement.

Strahan, a former NFL football star, recently announced he is joining the crew at ABC‘s GOOD MORNING AMERICA.

One of the measures taken into account in the process is the “Q score” of a new host.

In layman’s terms — how popular and well liked is he/she by the general public?

Our friends over at The Wrap put together a list of possible replacements using this metric and found comic Joel McHale to be the overwhelming favorite.

“Mathematically, McHale is the best replacement on our list,” author Tony Maglio wrote.  “He has the most comparable-to-Strahan appeal among young adults — particularly women 18-34, a needed demo for ‘Live!'”

“McHale’s lackluster scores among the female 50-plus segment can be offset by Ripa’s skew to the demo. A perfect match!”

McHale rose to fame as the longtime host of TALK SOUP and later joined the cast of the cult favorite comedy, COMMUNITY.

He recently signed on to star in the CBS comedy pilot THE GREAT INDOORS as Joel, an adventure reporter who “must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine.”

It is unclear if he would even be available to host LIVE!

Just in case, The Wrap also presented and ranked six other possible choices.

Who would you like to see behind the desk with Kelly Ripa?

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LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL airs weekday mornings on ABC.

Sean Daly

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