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    Multiple outlets are reporting that Michael Strahan will exit “Live with Kelly and Michael” at the end of his current contract. He will not return next season. Sources say the reason for this decision is that he will join “GMA” on a full-time basis.

    Undoubtedly he will be replaced with a new co-anchor, who are your top choices and what do you think of this change?

    I’d love to see Anderson Cooper for this job. Or maybe Kelly could pick a female co-host like her former “AMC” co-star Susan Lucci.

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    ^^ I will be sad to see him go. He had such a natural confidence and presence. I never would have thought of having another female co-host for this show, but I think it’s an interesting idea. I don’t mind Anderson Cooper, but his quirks are very similar to Kelly’s so I’d rather someone who could complement her a bit better. Maybe Mario Lopez? I’ll have to mull this one over a bit.

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    Yeah, I liked him on Live, but I can see why GMA would have more appeal for him, offering a little more flexibility if he’s doing football commentary in the fall and allowing for integration of that rather than more competing with it and the show not actually needing him to be there because there are five other main personalities going.

    I’ve read some speculation that ABC is planning to expand GMA into a third hour at 9 AM, which I wouldn’t have expected. If they want Strahan to sort of anchor a 9 AM GMA hour, it is a really huge slap in the face to Kelly. I was also reading that she wasn’t made aware of Strahan leaving until the basically the same time the news broke in the media, that she was outraged, and that that’s why she didn’t do the show this morning. It’s a shame to see the situation becoming so messy.

    And I did see a few people suggest it was time for a female co-host, which I’m not sure I really see as the best route, as I wouldn’t want to even almost make people associate this show with the trainwreck that is The View or the other trainwreck that is the Kathie Lee/Hoda hour of the Today Show. I hadn’t thought of him, but I think Mario Lopez is a really good suggestion actually.

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    I would prefer almost anybody other than Mario Lopez. My top choices right now are Jerry O’Connell, Cameron Mathison (who Kelly knows from AMC), Nick Lachey or Jeff Probst (Though I suppose Survivor could be problematic in terms of scheduling).

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    Is NPH under exclusive contract to NBC still? He’d be an excellent host since he’s NYC based.

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    My opinion is that Live will stay on the air in some form and that GMA will expand with Live moving to another timeslot. I would much rather see ABC cancel The View instead of Live. We all know that The View has been running on fumes for a long time now.

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    Would ABC possibly try to insert a third hour of GMA in a non-continuous format, i.e., in The View’s current timeslot? That show is a mess, and at that time GMA wouldn’t be competing with any form of the Today Show. I know Good Afternoon America was an unmitigated disaster, but throwing in something that’s still in the AM under the GMA umbrella that skews a little more toward The View’s format could be worth considering if the alternative is further messing with Live, which is working well as is.

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