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Michael Strahan Will Be New Co-Host on “Live”

Submitted by on August 23, 2012 – 9:30 am Comments

Michael StrahanThough Disney will not officially announce who will be co-hosting “Live with Kelly” until September 4th, word on the street is that former NFL player and Fox football commentator Michael Strahan has the job. Strahan will begin his permanent role on the show September 4th. He will be replacing the former co-host Regis Philbin, who left the show last November. Strahan began his career as a TV personality in 2009 when he became a part of the broadcast tem on FOX NFL Sunday.

Strahan is just one year younger than his new co-host, Ripa, and is reportedly at complete ease in front of the camera. Since the show has been on the look out for a Philbin replacement, Strahan has been a guest c-host 15 times.

Since Philbin left, there have been 59 other men who were considered for the job. The list includes Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos; SNL “Weekend Update” reporter, Seth Meyers; legendary singer Josh Groban; and even the CNN news anchor, Anderson Cooper.

Because Ripa is such an avid fan of fitness and nutrition, it’s quite fitting that Strahan will be her new “Live” cohost. Strahan is no stranger to fitness and exercise. Though he is no longer playing football, the star athlete still works out regularly, only now, his focus in more on range of motion and simply maintaining his shape now.

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There are a few things you might not know about Strahan. The former NFL player actually had his own sitcom on FOX called “Brothers”, though it was short-lived. He’s also made many numerous appearances on other shows, including “Chuck”, and has starred in commercials for Subway, Snickers, Dr. Pepper, and Right Guard.

Another fact you might not know is that Strahan is currently engaged to Nicole Murphy, who was previously married to the comedic actor, Eddie Murphy for over 13 years. Nicole is currently starring on the new VH1 show, “Hollywood Exes.” Strahan has four children from previous relationships, including twin girls who are only seven years old.Live with Kelly

“Live” is taped in New York City, Monday through Friday. Even though Strahan has reportedly taken on this extra gig, there is not an open sports broadcaster chair at FOX. Strahan has stated that he will be keeping both jobs. This means he will be working at his home in NYC during the weeks, and flying to LA on the weekends to film FOX NFL Sunday. It sounds like Strahan will be one busy guy. But I’m sure he’ll be able to juggle it all just fine.

Keaven Neely

Keaven is a stay at home mother of two little girls. She writes her blog This Mama Is Crazy and also sells her arts and crafts on her Etsy site. Writer of “The No BS Zone”

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