Since Regis Philbin retired in November 2011, the search was on to find a co-host for Kelly Ripa’s show ‘Live! With Kelly.” The year-long search involved auditioning 59 celebrities to see who would be the best fit for the position. Over time, it seemed the frontrunners that would acquire the job included Strahan, Nick Lachey and Jerry O’ Connell. Recently, Ripa had said that her dream co-host would have been Anderson Cooper; however, being involved already in two different shows would most likely not make it possible.
About a week ago, it was rumored that the gig would go to Strahan but nothing was confirmed, only that an announcement would be made in September on who the new co-host would be.
September came early for everyone; including the new co-host, when it was made official that the new co-host for Live! With Kelly is indeed Michael Strahan.Kelly Ripa New Co Host,