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The battle is on.

ABC execs have upped the ante in their quest to find a replacement for Michael Strahan on “Live!”

In addition to attending auditions for the vacant seat next to Kelly Ripa, familiar celeb faces have stepped up to the plate. One of them is Jerry O’Connell, according to E! News.

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An insider close to the actor spoke to the news outlet about O’Connell’s aspirations.

“Jerry O’Connell really wants the job. He’s made no secret that he would love to do it,” the source said, adding, “He gets along great with Kelly and they have great chemistry. He’s hopeful. He’s having anyone he knows put in a good word.”

According to the news outlet, the show has declined to comment on co-host speculation.

O’Connell isn’t the only potential candidate who has people talking. Christian Slater, Neil Patrick Harris, Fred Savage and Anderson Cooper are all rumored to have some connection to the future of “Live!”

“We need to start looking because we have summer hiatus, we have vacation time. We need to find people,” Ripa told PEOPLE in May. “If we’re going to have this list narrowed down at least to a manageable size by the fall, we need to start now.”

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