Former NFL Star Michael Strahan Reportedly to Be Kelly Ripa’s New ‘Live’ Co-Host

by | August 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM | Live! With Kelly

Michael Strahan (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Former NFL star and Fox Sports personality Michael Strahan has reportedly scored one of the hottest TV gigs in town.

Strahan is expected to be named Kelly Ripa’s new permanent co-host of “Live! with Kelly,” Broadcasting & Cable is reporting.

The official choice marks the end of the show’s year-long search and a constant revolving door of guest co-hosts to find a replacement for Regis Philbin, who left the show in November 2011. Nearly 60 celebrities “auditioned” for the job during that time, but the charismatic Strahan apparently made quite an impression during his tryout in June. Other stars considered frontrunners for the gig were Nick Lachey, Seth Meyers and Josh Groban.

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The former New York Giants player, who also starred in the short-lived Fox sitcom “Brothers,” will remain in his role as co-host of “Fox NFL Sunday,” according to the LA Times.

Before the football star’s name was leaked Tuesday and eclipsed the big on-air reveal, ABC had announced that they planned to formally debut Ripa’s new co-host on the Sept. 4 episode of the show.