Michael Strahan, 40, the former NFL defensive end for the New York Giants, will face a whole different kind of ball game now that he's permanently teaming up with Kelly Ripa, 41, on the recently renamed ABC morning show, Live! with Kelly & Michael.
Former New York Giants' defensive end Michael Strahan, 40, will join Kelly Ripa, 41, as the new permanent co-host of Live! with Kelly. Less than one day after ABC announced that Ripa’s new co-host would be named on September 4, Broadcasting and Cable first broke the news that the decision had already been made.
ABC will announce Kelly Ripa’s new permanent co-host for its daytime talk show Live! with Kelly on September 4th, according to a Deadline report. Following Regis Philbin’s departure last November after 28 years, Ripa, 41, has tried out 59 guest hosts, and Philbin’s permanent successor will be selected from this pool.
Since Regis Philbin retired from the morning talk show Live! with Kelly, leaving his cohost Kelly Ripa to entertain not only her guests, but a veritable bevy of guest hosts, no one has seemed appropriate to step into the gig full-time, and Ripa is managing to keep ratings high enough that the network can take its time in replacing Regis In the past 18 months since Regis' departure, Ripa has co-hosted multiple stints with Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba, How I Met Your Mother funnyman Neil Patrick Harris, musician Josh Groban, reality star Nick Lachey, Jerry O'Connell, and even Kelly's own hubby, Mark Consuelos.
Over 28 years after it started, Regis Philbin bid farewell to his morning talk show, Live! With Regis and Kelly, on Friday. The final episode was full of teary-eyed moments, funny stories and appearances by special guests.
Comedian Jay Welch takes on the questions left by the departure of Regis Philbin from 'Live'
New York City may be under a deluge of snow, but Kelly Ripa is prepared. The Live with Regis and Kelly host posted a photo of herself wearing an owl winter hat on Twitter. While Ripa keeps warm, the search is on for who will replace Regis Philbin when the host leaves the show this year, after 28 years on the air.
After 40 years in television and four co-hosts, including the longstanding Kathie Lee Gifford and, currently, Kelly Ripa, veteran talk show host Regis Philbin, 79, has announced that his early morning antics are approaching an end.