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.
Strahan was asked many times if he knew he had the job locked up but kept denying any such knowledge. When he got the news, he was away on vacation in Jamaica with his fiancée Nicole Murphy. The two were enjoying their time together while it lasted as Michael will soon have to join his co-hosts on “Fox NFL Sunday.”
The pre-season is winding down quickly, so Strahan will join again in the studio Terry Bradshaw, Jimmy Johnson and Howie Long. Though he had said it would not be an issue if he got the job flying back and forth to be in both shows, it will be interesting to see if Michael experiences any type of jet lag. It is one thing to have to do one show a week in L.A. and then have the rest of the week to do whatever you want to.
Now, he will fly to NY and do the show ‘Live! With Kelly,’ fly out to L.A. for the weekend to do the show ‘Fox NFL Sunday,’ and then back to NY for his weekly show. If he can get past whatever fatigue he may experience through the transition from Sunday to Monday, he will do fine. Being that his whole football career was based on adapting and adjusting to change, Michael Strahan should be the co-host for ‘Live! With Kelly’ for a long time.
Kelly Ripa Co Host Announcement
Rumor has it Michael Strahan is Kelly Ripa’s new co-host on “Live with Kelly!”
Kelly Ripa’s New Co-Host Revealed
Live With Kelly and Michael Strahan. You better get used to it because it is being reported that the NFLer will become her permanent co host on the morning syndicated talk show. Kelly will officially announce her new co host on September 4th.