‘Live’: Will Kelly Ripa’s New Co-Host Be A Woman?

“I think people would be ready for a woman with Kelly”

Kelly Ripa is the host of 'Live'

There have been a lot of names tossed about in the great debate of who should replace Michael Strahan on LIVE!

Rob LoweAndy CohenFred Savage?

But now Us Weekly is reporting an interesting twist:  the search has been widened to include women.

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.

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.”

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

Strahan stepped down last month to take a position at GOOD MORNING AMERICA.

LIVE WITH KELLY airs weekday mornings on ABC.