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Michael Strahan Named Kelly Ripa's Permanent Co-Host

6/12/2014 Tim Molloy

By Tim Molloy

Kelly Ripa has found a big guy to fill Regis Philbin's big shoes: She named NFL star and "Fox NFL Sunday" broadcaster Michael Strahan as her new co-host during the first broadcast of the newly-named "Live! with Kelly and Michael."

Strahan had made several guest appearances on the show, and co-hosted with Ripa 20 times over the last two years.

"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 "Live" executive producer 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."

Strahan spent 15 years with the New York Giants and was a seven-time Pro-Bowler. He led the team to a Super Bowl win in 2007. He also was named the NFL's 2001 Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated and the 2001 Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press.

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