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NFL Star Michael Strahan Top Contender To Be Kelly Ripa's Co-Host

Mon, May 7, 2012 10:26am EDT by Chloe Melas 43 Comments
Courtesy of Kelly Ripa can tell you that the former New York Giants star is the front-runner to sit alongside Kelly as her ‘Live with Kelly!’ co-host — do you think he’s a good choice?

Kelly Ripa is getting closer to inking a deal with a morning co-host. has spoken to a source close to the production of Live with Kelly! who reveals that former NFL star Michael Strahan is at the top of Kelly’s list! So it’s not surprising that he co-hosted for his ninth time on May 7!

“All bets are on Michael Strahan,” the source says. “He’s funny, does well on camera and gets along really fabulously with Kelly. Michael is the top name that is seriously being thrown around right now.”

The source went on to tell us that singer Josh Groban has said that he “really wants the gig.” Although Kelly really loves having Josh on, execs on the show just aren’t sure if he’s the best bet.

As for Kelly’s hubby Mark Consuelos hosting?

“No one wants to see such a perfect couple every morning,” the source says. “They’re disgustingly perfect. Great together but it’s not the direction the show wants to head.”

Meanwhile, the source goes on to say that NY 1 news anchor Pat Kiernan fell “flat” when he hosted and Anderson Cooper‘s new daytime talk show has him out of the running.

— Chloe Melas