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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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