It's Official: Michael Strahan Named Kelly Ripa's Permanent Live Co-Host

Live with Kelly and MichaelThe worst kept secret in the TV biz has finally been made official: Kelly Ripa introduced former NFL star Michael Strahan as her new co-host Monday morning on the newly-rechristened Live! With Kelly and Michael.

“As a guest co-host, Michael’s chemistry with Kelly was off the charts, and continued to grow each time he visited the show,” said longtime Live EP Michael Gelman. “The interaction between the co-hosts always has been what makes this show different from any other on television. Kelly and Michael’s ability to play off of one another and just plain have a good time together creates great TV for the audience.”

Ripa has served as sole permanent host of Live With Kelly since Regis Philbin stepped down last November 18. During that time, a whopping 59 different men and women joined Ripa behind the Live desk following Philbin’s departure. But in recent months, 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 other broadcasting gig on Fox NFL Sunday.

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  1. Rita Bacquet says:

    I never watched when Regis was on there,never cared for the man. But now with kelly and Michael,I hate to miss it.And the reason people don’t like Michael are showing how prejudace they really are.I’ve never seen so much hate & its a shame,I think if people would give him a chance,they might find that they may like him. He’s really funny,smart,charming,and a Gentleman.If you don’t like him maybe you should watch him with your eyes open or clean your glasses.I hope God gives them a long sucessful show.

  2. jameshill says:

    michael i love the show it was nice to see you and kelly on the internate that was nice michael my sister and i are open up a church to help people and youth in the neighborhood we are haven a hard time i ask you if you can give a donation to help ous may god bless you to keept you in good health

  3. Barbara says:

    Kelly and Michael is so boring. She thinks she is so funny and doesn’t have a clue how the show has gone downhill since Regis left…..please please replace the hour with Kathy lee and Hoda !!!!!!!!!’mmm. They know real life!!!!

  4. Carrie E. says:

    I do like Michael, a different but interesting choice. He goes along with everything. However, has anyone noticed that when Kelly aka “I love myself” starts acting the ditz she is, Michael will look at her like ‘shut up already’ I have had to turn it off. Get rid of her, she thinks she is so hot, yet her comments about being overweight when she is a toothpick, issues like that, are enough to make you just wonder what Michael is thinking. And I am in no way racist, I like him. Everyone has a past.

  5. Richard Wayne says:

    Michael is great…fun, lots of energy, natural and responsive to guests. Funny guy. Not sure Kelly likes having a full time partner. Perhaps difficult adjusting to sharing the limelight. All the criticism is ridiculous…listen to yourselves people. Lighten up. This is just entertainment. Relax and enjoy.

  6. kayhan ocal says:

    I could not belive my eyes or ears when I heard Kellys MONSTER IN LAW criticizing Michael on some stupid Italian name;the woman has no manners.Can she speak good English no;no.Ifeel sorry for Kelly and believe her son is no price for hard working Kelly.I love MRS.GELMAN.SHE has class and quiet elegance.

  7. Kendra says:

    I have to stop watching!!!!! I didn’t realize until I watched Michael with the other cohosts, I Love whitney, Erin and Eva sooooooooo much more! Kelly is so annoyoning that watching it gets me in a BAD mood!

  8. mary says:

    I think it is time for Kelly to go. Her fake laugh is annoying and she thinks it is all about her. I love her on children but not on the talk show