It's (Sorta) Official! Michael Strahan Named Kelly Ripa's Permanent Live Co-Host

Michael Strahan Live With KellyLooks like Kelly Ripa can finally cancel her Google alert for “Notre Dame football” and replace it with one for “New York Giants.”

Ripa, who’s been the sole permanent host of Live With Kelly since Regis Philbin stepped down last November 18, will have an official partner in crime come Sept. 4 when she’s joined by former NFL star Michael Strahan on the season premiere of Live With Kelly & Michael, TVLine has confirmed.

A whopping 59 different men and women joined Ripa behind the Live desk following Philbin’s departure, but in recent weeks, the list of serious candidates was narrowed down to three: Strahan, SNL vet Seth Meyers, and classical singer Josh Groban.

Strahan’s Live duties reportedly won’t affect his role on Fox NFL Sunday. The news was first reported by Broadcasting & Cable.

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