Entries in Live! with Kelly (7)


Michael Strahan Jumped at the Chance to Co-Host "Live!"

Ray Tamarra/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It didn't take long for Michael Strahan to accept the offer to co-host Live! with Kelly Ripa.

The former NFL star, who was officially named to the position on Tuesday, said at a press conference that Ripa personally asked him to join her on a permanent basis.

He recalled that she asked him, "Would you consider doing the honor of being..." To which he said, "Stop it, stop it.  You had me at 'consider.'"

Ripa said of Strahan, "I think he is terrific and just one of these great gentlemen that makes you feel happy to be around him."

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Michael Strahan to Co-Host "Live!" with Kelly Ripa

Dave Russell/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Kelly Ripa's got a new morning TV partner: Michael Strahan.

"We finally have our new guy.  That's right I said guy," Ripa said on Live! Tuesday as she introduced the former football star.  "It's an exciting morning."

"I'm speechless," Strahan said.  "It's a dream come true."

Reports that Strahan landed the gig began circulating in August.  The former New York Giants star was among the 59 co-hosts who have filled in since the departure of Regis Philbin, who hosted Live! for 28 years before departing last November.

Other candidates for Philbin's old job included Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers and NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan.  Many co-hosts came for fun, like Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Groban, Nick Lachey and Ripa's husband, Mark Consuelos.

Strahan, 40, has dabbled in other TV projects since retiring from the Giants after their 2008 Super Bowl win.  He serves as a co-host of Fox NFL Sunday.  He also starred in the short-lived Fox sitcom Brothers in 2009 and has appeared in several commercials.


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Report: Michael Strahan to Be Named Permanent "Live!" Co-Host

Ray Tamarra/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- How does Live! with Kelly and Michael sound? is reporting that frequent Live! guest co-host Michael Strahan has been tapped as the permanent replacement for Regis Philbin on the daytime talk show.

According to the website, a rep for Strahan was spotted Tuesday outside the Manhattan building where Live! is staged, "grinning from ear to ear."

Strahan, a former New York Giants defensive star who won a Super Bowl in 2008, is currently a studio analyst for Fox's NFL coverage.

It was announced earlier this week that Kelly Ripa's permanent co-host will be named on Sept. 4.

Live! has employed various guest co-hosts, including Strahan, since Regis said goodbye last November.

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"Live! With Kelly" Settles on New Permanent Co-Host

Jim Spellman/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- It’s taken 8 months and 22 days — and 59 guest hosts — but the decision we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Live! With Kelly has announced that the show has hired a permanent co-host to replace television giant Regis Philbin, who retired in November after hosting the show in various iterations for nearly 30 years.

No word yet on who the host will be. Kelly Ripa is scheduled to host the show alone for its Sept. 3 season premiere. The new host will be making his or her debut the next day, joining Kelly for the walkout and ending months of speculation by fans.

Producers of the show could not be reached for comment, so there’s no saying whether the host will be a newcomer or one of the numerous guest hosts who have filled in during the search. The guest hosts make a talented and diverse list that includes comedian Seth Meyers, retired New York Giant Michael Strahan, television personality Nick Lachey, and singer Josh Groban.

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Report: Seth Meyers the Front-Runner to Join Kelly Ripa on "Live!"

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Could Seth Meyers scale back his duties on Saturday Night Live and move to daytime TV alongside Kelly Ripa? reports Meyers, a frequent guest co-host on Live! with Kelly, is the front-runner to be named the permanent replacement for Regis Philbin.  The report speculates that if Meyers is hired, he may resign as SNL's head writer but continue to anchor its "Weekend Update" segment.

The website says two other frequent guest co-hosts, singer Josh Groban and former football star Michael Strahan, are also in the mix for the job.

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First Lady Michelle Obama to Appear on 'Live! with Kelly'

Jim Spellman/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- First lady Michelle Obama is set to appear on ABC's Live! with Kelly on Monday, June 18 to chat with host Kelly Ripa and guest co-host Bryant Gumbel.  The first lady is promoting her new book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America, which highlights recipes and suggests tips on how to start your own garden.

Iron Chef's Marc Forgione will also appear on Monday's episode to take “LIVE’s White House Garden Challenge." Forgione will have to create a healthy yet tasty dish on the spot using fresh herbs and vegetables brought by the first lady straight from the White House garden.

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Kim Kardashian: Marriage Was a 'Bad Business Decision'

Don Arnold/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Kim Kardashian was Kelly Ripa's co-host on Live! with Kelly Monday morning, and the reality show starlet didn't shy away from questions about her divorce from Kris Humphries after 72 days of marriage.

A public backlash centered on the fact that the whole $10 million event -- which was rumored to net the couple millions thanks to E! special airings -- seemed like a sham.

"I really didn't think following my heart would lead to this much backlash," Kardashian admitted.

She explained if the wedding was a business decision, it was a bad one.  Apparently, it tarnished the Kardashian brand -- as evidenced by recent stories of ratings drop-offs for anything to do with the reality show clan.

"Me being such a hopeless romantic I wanted to believe in something so badly," Kardashian said. "If this was a business decision, and I really made all that money that everyone was claiming that we made off this wedding...I'm a smart businesswoman.  I would have stayed married longer.  This was a bad business decision."

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