Former Giants player Michael Strahan named Kelly Ripa’s new co-host

Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan pose outside "Live! with Kelly and Michael."

Regis Philbin left behind some big shoes to fill when he retired from “Live! With Regis and Kelly,” and ABC has named a former Giants player as the man for the job.

Michael Strahan was revealed as Kelly Ripa’s new co-host this morning after months of speculation. Dozens of celebrity guests filled in as co-host during the year-long search for a permanent replacement on “Live! With Kelly.” Stars like Neil Patrick Harris, Alec Baldwin and Anderson Cooper all took the chair next to Ripa, but in the end, Strahan took the title.

He joined Ripa on set this morning, greeting her with a big bear hug.

“It’s so nice to have a co-host literally sweep you off your feet,” Ripa told the audience. “I know that he can bench press me if he wanted to.”

Strahan also appears on FOX’s “NFL Sunday.” No word on whether he will continue with that position. 



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