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The Race Narrows: The 8 Current Contenders for Kelly Ripa's Live Co-Host

Originally posted 06/30/2016 02:45PM

Has Kelly Ripa found her new co-host?

After the Live host teased a "big announcement" will be made on Wednesday's edition of the morning talk show, viewers' ears naturally perked up that she might be naming her new partner-in-chat nearly four months since the May departure of Ripa's former co-host Michael Strahan, who officially began his full-time gig on Good Morning America this Tuesday morning.

ABC continues to hold off on an official announcement about who will fill Strahan's seat, but Ripa's already welcomed a full slate of guest co-hosts over the summer, and some clear favorites have risen in prominence.

PEOPLE has rounded up a list of possible candidates whose names have generated some attention – read on to find out more about the front-runners.

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Dwyane Wade Gets Emotional About Move to Hometown Team Chicago Bulls

Originally posted 07/07/2016 11:05AM

Dwyane Wade is leaving the Miami Heat to join the Chicago Bulls.

The 34-year-old talked about the move on Thursday while guest hosting Live with Kelly, only hours after announcing the switch-up late Wednesday night.

"It's still surreal. I'm still numb," he told Kelly Ripa. "I've been in Miami for 13 incredible years. You get a week to decide what you're going to do. And I didn't get [any] sleep. I lost probably 5 to 10 pounds, just not being able to sleep. I sweated. It's so stressful."

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Kelly Ripa Makes Light of Live Drama: 'It's Okay, We Can Laugh'

Originally posted 06/07/2016 09:55AM

Kelly Ripa has been through a lot of change lately, but one constant is her sense of humor.

During a segment on Live Tuesday morning, Ripa was talking with guest co-host Joel McHale about her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame when he asked, "Is it weird to think people are walking on top of you right now?"

Ripa, as always, didn't miss a beat: "No. I've gotten used to that."

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The Bachelorette's JoJo Fletcher Plays Coy About Her Relationship Status: 'I Would Say I'm Really Happy'

Originally posted 05/23/2016 10:10AM


ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos Has JoJo Fletcher found love? The Bachelorette isn't ready to kiss and tell – yet.

"I would say I'm really happy," Fletcher told Good Morning America ahead of season 12's premiere on Monday, refusing to reveal if she'd found a fiancé among the 26 men competing for her heart.

Fletcher, who was Ben Higgins' runner-up, said that the first night of her season was "a total blur" but noted that she doesn't have any regrets.

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Why Kelly Ripa Won't Ever Join The View ... or Good Morning America

Originally posted 05/12/2016 05:20PM

Kelly Ripa's Live cohost Michael Strahan may be leaving soon to take on an expanded role at Good Morning America – but don't expect her to follow suit.

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What Kelly Ripa Learned from Regis Philbin – and How She'll Use Those Lessons to Move Forward

Originally posted 05/12/2016 11:00AM

Kelly Ripa is opening up in this exclusive interview on how she really feels about Michael Strahan's departure from Live – and what's next for her. Subscribe now for her side of the story, only in PEOPLE!

Kelly Ripa has spent 16-years co-hosting Live – 10 of those in the seat next to founding co-host Regis Philbin.

Now, in the wake of Michael Strahan's departure from the show, Ripa is finding a path forward by looking back on the lessons she learned from Philbin, now 84.

"I just remember when Regis left it was so scary," Ripsa she tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "Because we – meaning me – had never done this before. Regis had done it many times, and he was so good at it."

"It makes you terrified," Ripa continued. "Like can I do this without Regis being here?"

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Could Kelly Ripa Take Live to L.A.? Find Out Why She's Considering a Move

Originally posted 05/11/2016 07:10PM

Could Kelly Ripa one day bring Live to sunny California? The co-host has at least one person at home who is likely pulling for that idea – her 14-year-old daughter, Lola.

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How Mark Consuelos Supported Kelly Ripa During the Live! Drama

Originally posted 05/11/2016 03:00PM

Kelly Ripa didn't have to face the recent drama surrounding Michael Strahan's exit from Live! alone.

Ripa's husband Mark Consuelos offered the co-host much-needed support following the announcement last month that Strahan, 44, would be leaving the talk show after four years to expand his role at Good Morning America.

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"Mark is such a smart guy and is always in the face of business very dispassionate," Ripa tells PEOPLE in an interview for this week's cover story. "He looks at it like a business decision, and he says to me, 'There's nobody better at this than you,' spoken like a supportive spouse."

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Kelly Ripa Explains Why the Search for a Live! Co-Host Needed to Begin Right Away

Originally posted 05/11/2016 11:30AM

Kelly Ripa is opening up in this exclusive interview on how she really feels about Michael Strahan's departure from Live! – and what's next for her. Subscribe now for her side of the story, only in PEOPLE!

Kelly Ripa's search for a new Live! co-host is starting four months earlier than previously announced – and for a reason.

Ripa's morning talk show costar Michael Strahan will end his nearly four years on Live! this Friday, despite initial plans for him to stay on through September before beginning a new role at Good Morning America.

The 45-year-old tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story that she and Live! staff members – whom she affectionately refers to as "family" – served as the impetus behind the decision to speed-up Strahan's departure.

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