Lewis Black Jokingly Auditions to Be Kelly Ripa’s New ‘Live’ Co-Host (Video)

“Daily Show” contributor is furious with Michael Strahan

Last Updated: April 28, 2016 @ 8:40 AM

Move over, Michael Strahan. Lewis Black is looking to join Kelly Ripa on “Live.”

The “Daily Show” contributor debuted a new “Back in Black” segment on Wednesday night, and ripped Strahan for his abrupt exit from the ABC morning show.

“How dare you leave Kelly?” Black said. “Watching you two playfully banter is the only thing that gets me up in the morning. Who the hell else is going to teach me to make muffin pan meatloaf?!”

Black also said he would take on Strahan in a fight — if Strahan were the size of Regis Philbin. “This is the worst thing a former football star has ever done to a blonde woman,” he said.

But Black offered up a solution to the controversy. He wants to join “Live” to serve as co-host alongside Ripa. He played an audition tape of “Live” segments with himself digitally inserted. Let’s hope Black doesn’t quit his current job.

Ripa skipped the show following the fallout from last week’s decision to move co-host Strahan to “Good Morning America.” She was widely reported to be furious with the way the situation was handled by executives at ABC, where she has worked both on the soap “All My Children” and “Live.”

“I needed a couple of days to gather my thoughts. After 26 years with this company I earned the right,” Ripa said upon her return before joking that members of the studio audience probably called in sick to attend the show.

Watch the video below.