Huffpost TV

Michael Strahan Named New 'Live! With Kelly' Co-Host

Posted: Updated:

"Live! With Kelly" officially revealed Kelly Ripa's new co-host on the talk show's Tuesday, September 4 premiere and rumors proved to be true: Michael Strahan is Regis Philbin's replacement.

The famously gap-toothed former New York Giants star jogged onto the set and gave Ripa a big bear hug, lifting her off her feet. "It's so nice to have a co-host literally sweep you off your feet," Ripa said. "I know that he can bench press me if he wanted to."

Strahan's selection marks the end of a year-long search in which Ripa auditioned 59 celebrities to see who would be the best fit since Philbin's retirement including Neil Patrick Harris, Alec Baldwin, Kim Kardashian and Jerry Seinfeld. Strahan had been rumored as the frontrunner for the position in recent weeks with both TMZ and Broadcasting & Cable both reporting that Srahan had been hired. Nothing was made official until the "Live! With Kelly" premiere.

Jerry O'Connell and Nick Lachey were also believed to be frontrunners for the gig. Ripa recently said her dream co-host would be Anderson Cooper, but his two shows could preclude him from taking the job.

In his audition episodes, Strahan was high-energy and had solid chemistry with Ripa. During a June "Live!" interview Channing Tatum, who was promoting his stripping film "Magic Mike," for example, Strahan ripped off his pants and broke into a routine himself.

The LA Times had previously reported that Strahan would keep his "NFL Sunday" job and Strahan confirmed he'll be doing both gigs.

Tune in for "Live! With Kelly and Michael" weekdays on ABC.

Most Memorable Daytime TV Moments Ever
Share this
Current Slide

Around the Web

It's 'Live' with Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan –

Michael Strahan To Be 'Live With Kelly' Co-Host: REPORT

Michael Strahan is new 'Live! with Kelly' co-host | Inside TV |

Michael Strahan on 'Live! With Kelly': An opportunity to have fun ...

Michael Strahan To Join "Live" with Kelly Ripa |

Michael Strahan to join 'Live! With Kelly' as permanent co-host ...

Michael Strahan reportedly named 'Live!' co-host -

If Michael Strahan joins “Live!” with Kelly Ripa, he will keep Fox job ...

Former NFL star Michael Strahan reportedly Kelly Ripa's new 'Live ...

Michael Strahan Will Be Kelly Ripa's Co-Host on 'Live!' [REPORT]

It's official: Michael Strahan replaces Regis Philbin as Kelly Ripa's co-host

Michael Strahan announced as Kelly Ripa's co-host on 'Live!'

Ex-NFL star Strahan becomes Kelly Ripa's co-host

Regis Philbin opines, gives advice for Michael Strahan as 'Live' co-host