'Strahan and Sara' to welcome Keke Palmer as third host: report

Strahan and Sara and Keke!

ABC's daytime talk show "Strahan and Sara," which is co-hosted by "Good Morning America" personalities Michael Strahan and Sara Haines, is reportedly "close to finalizing a deal" to signing with actress Keke Palmer on making her a full-time third host.

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Page Six reports that ABC execs are fond of Palmer, who has frequently filled in as a guest co-host on the show, including during Haines' recent maternity leave, which she returned from just last week.

"Keke has been so much fun filling in, so they decided to make her an offer," an insider claims. "The audience knows her and she's got great chemistry with both [hosts]."

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WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Keke Palmer -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Keke Palmer -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JULY 06: Keke Palmer attends 2019 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 06, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for ESSENCE)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - 6/14/19 Ellie Goulding performs live from Central Park as part of the GMA Summer Concert Series on "Good Morning America," Friday, June 14, 2019, airing on ABC. GMA19 (Photo by Paula Lobo/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) ELLIE GOULDING, KEKE PALMER, MICHAEL STRAHAN
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JUNE 01: KeKe Palmer speaks onstage during 2019 Atlanta Ultimate Women's Expo at Georgia World Congress Center on June 01, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: Actress Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer talks about her movie "Pimp" at Build Studio on February 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Anthony DelMundo/Getty Images)
BUSY TONIGHT -- Episode 133 -- Pictured: Keke Palmer on the set of Busy Tonight -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 19: Keke Palmer attends Echoing Soundz and Walter Mosley Firm "Fa La La Holiday Bash" on December 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JANUARY 10: Actress KeKe Palmer attends "Pimp" Atlanta Screening at Midtown Art Cinema Theatre on January 10, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 17: Actress/Singer Keke Palmer attends NAACP Image Awards Screening of "PIMP" on December 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/Getty Images)
STAR: L-R: Guest star Keke Palmer, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O'Grady in the "Amazing Grace" episode of STAR airing Wednesday, April 10 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
STAR: Guest star Keke Palmer in the "Toxic" episode of STAR airing Wednesday, March 27 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Keke Palmer -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen, Kandi Burruss and Keke Palmer -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Keke Palmer at Vertical Entertainment's "Pimp" After Party at The Grove on November 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Morgan Lieberman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07:Keke Palmer arrives at the premiere of Vertical Entertainment's "Pimp" at Pacific Theatres at The Grove on November 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Morgan Lieberman/Getty Images)
STAR: L-R: Ryan Destiny and guest star Keke Palmer behind the scenes in the "Watch the Throne" episode of STAR airing Wednesday, March 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 03: Actress Keke Palmer speaks on stage during the Atlanta Ultimate Women's Expo at Georgia World Congress Center on June 3, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images)
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The source added that execs hope that Palmer, 26, who is "fun, spontaneous and has great energy," will attract younger viewers and help turn the show's struggling ratings around. "Strahan and Sara" was originally called "GMA Day" when it premiered in the old time slot of "The Chew" last year, but ABC changed its name in January. Page Six notes that "it's unclear whether the network would change the name of the show again to include Palmer's name."

Keke Palmer shot to fame as the star of "Akeelah and the Bee" in 2006 and has since appeared in shows like "Scream Queens," "Star," "True Jackson, VP" and "Scream: The TV Series." She'll star alongside Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu in the upcoming stripper movie, "Hustlers," out this fall.

See photos of Sara Haines and her husband together:

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Max Shifrin (L) and Sara Haines attend the world premiere of 'Nobody's Fool' at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on October 28, 2018 in New York, New York. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
THE VIEW - Pamela Anderson and Lily Tomlin are the guests and Sara Haines visits with her new baby, Alec today on "THE VIEW," 5/6/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images via Getty Images) PAMELA ANDERSON, SUNNY HOSTIN, MAX SHIFRIN, PAULA FARIS, BABY ALEC, SARA HAINES, RAVEN-SYMONE��
THE VIEW - Pamela Anderson and Lily Tomlin are the guests and Sara Haines visits with her new baby, Alec today on "THE VIEW," 5/6/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images via Getty Images) MAX SHIFRIN, BABY ALEC, SARA HAINES, RAVEN-SYMONE��
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Max Shifrin (L) and Sara Haines attend ASPCA'S 18th Annual Bergh Ball honoring Edie Falco and Hilary Swank at The Plaza Hotel on April 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Expectant mother and GMA correspondent Sara Haines is treated to a surprise shower on "THE VIEW," 2/24/16 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images via Getty Images) SARA HAINES, MAX SHIFRIN (HUSBAND)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Max Shifrin (L) and Sara Haines attend ASPCA'S 18th Annual Bergh Ball honoring Edie Falco and Hilary Swank at The Plaza Hotel on April 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
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