It was just announced on Monday that Kelly Ripa will officially reveal her new permanent co-host for "LIVE!" on September 4. Now reports have surfaced naming frequent guest co-host Michael Strahan as a front-runner for the job.
The 40-year-old former NFL is reportedly in negotiations to be named as Regis Philbin's replacement, according to the industry news outlet Broadcasting & Cable which cites multiple unnamed sources close to the situation.
A spokesperson for "LIVE! with Kelly" told OnTheRedCarpet.com on Tuesday, August 21, that they are "not commenting on any of the co-host speculation." Representatives for Strahan had no immediate comment.
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Strahan played his entire NFL career as a Defensive End for the New York Giants. He helped the team win the Super Bowl XLII in 2008 against the New England Patriots. He is currently a host of "Fox NFL Sunday." Strahan also starred on the shortlived Fox sitcom, "Brothers," in 2009.
Strahan has co-hosted several times over the past year including as recently as August 17.
Regis Philbin bid farewell to his longtime ABC daytime talk show "LIVE! with Regis and Kelly" on November 18, 2011, after serving as a host more than 28 years. Ripa first joined as co-host in 2001, replacing Philbin's longtime co-host Kathy Lee Gifford, who left the series in 2000.
Since Philbin's departure, 59 different men have co-hosted the show with Ripa including Nick Lachey, Neil Patrick Harris, Seth Meyers, Mario Lopez, Anderson Cooper and Jerry Seinfeld. Ripa's husband Mark Consuelos has also filled in as co-host several times since Philbin left.
The statement about the announcement said that one of the previous guest co-hosts has been tapped to permanently join Ripa as a co-host.
Ripa is set to kick off a new season of "LIVE!" on Monday, September 3, hosting solo for the first time. The following day will mark the first day for the new co-host team.
Guests for the September 4 show will include "Homeland" actress Claire Danes and recent "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips, who will be making his "LIVE!" performance debut.
In June, the show won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Talk Show-Entertainment and Outstanding Talk Show Host.Correction: In the August 21 story above, OnTheRedCarpet.com erroneously reported that "LIVE! with Kelly" airs only on ABC. It is a syndicated show. This version of the article has been updated to reflect the correction.