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Kelly Ripa Announces Michael Strahan As New ‘Live!’ Co-Host

Tue, September 4, 2012 9:03am EDT by Chris Rogers 9 Comments
Getty Images broke Michael’s big news back in May, and now it’s official!

Former NFL-er Michael Strahan was announced as Kelly Ripa‘s new Live! With Kelly co-host on Sept. 4, ending a very long search for Regis Philbin‘s replacement. And don’t forget — told you first!

“We’re like that insane couple from ‘The Bachelor,'” Kelly said as she welcomed Michael on stage after they shared a kiss.

“Once you walk in, you never walk out. It’s a life changing experience. It’s changed my life. To have you here, you’re such a great addition to our show. I can’t tell you how much I missed you,” Kelly added.

“All bets are on Michael Strahan,” a source told us back in May. “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.”

Michael was one of many potential co-hosts considered for the plum seat, including Neil Patrick HarrisJosh GrobanSeth Meyers and Kelly’s husband Mark Consuelos.

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— Christopher Rogers

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