Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan took up a new position as Kelly Ripa’s co-host on Live! With Kelly on Tuesday, ending a nearly year-long search for someone to take Regis Philbin’s place in the hot seat. Strahan has been thought the most likely choice for the job for the last two weeks, but his selection was only confirmed Tuesday morning. A total of 59 guest co-hosts kept the chair warm during the 10-month search for a replacement, and singer Josh Groban and SNL funnyman Seth Meyers were among those reportedly considered for the slot. “I’m speechless,” Strahan said after being introduced as Ripa’s new sideman.
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