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Kelly Ripa: Live! cohost chair eyed by comedian Chris Gethard

Read Gethard’s Twitter campaign and pleas to fill the seat left vacant by Michael Strahan

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Comedian Chris Gethard has palled around with the girls of Broad City, The Office crew, and Amy Schumer for her Comedy Central series. But when it comes to hypothetically becoming Kelly Ripa‘s new cohost, it’s no laughing matter. 

“This is not a joke: Regis and Kathy Lee (sic) was my mom’s all time favorite show. It would make her so happy if I got the Regis slot. I want in,” he wrote in the first of many tweets on Saturday. Tweeting to Kelly’s account, he continued, ” I was on Hope and Faith in 2004. If you let me audition for your co-host slot I will crush it and make you and my mom proud.” 

Gethard also started a social media campaign (#KellyAndGethard) to garner more attention, writing his “destiny is to be Kelly Ripa’s morning show sidekick.” He further reiterated his totally serious desire by posting screenshots of a lengthy statement to Twitter. 

“I want to be clear — my desire to be Kelly Ripa’s sidekick is not a joke,” he wrote, later adding, “My mom — whose life was NEVER calm  had an hour of calm and happiness every morning lead by two people she found charming and trustworthy. Bringing that peace and calm to the hardworking women who have long been unfairly tasked with being the backbone of American families is a wildly important function that only a handful of shows have ever achieved  and Live set the bar for that and its impact has never been properly recognized.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After less than four years, Ripa’s latest cohost Michael Strahan departed Live! With Kelly and Michael. The announcement blindsided Kelly, who didn’t return to the show for a few days as a result.

“There’s a part of me that can say, ‘Okay, I understand. This may have been an oversight,’” Ripa told PEOPLE. “And again, after 26 years, at this point we are like a family. And sometimes when you are so comfortable with somebody, you may not give them the same consideration as somebody you’re not as comfortable with – a certain formality falls away.”