Michael Strahan Expected to Be Named Kelly Ripa's Co-Host on 'Live'

Michael Strahan Headshot - P 2012
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Michael Strahan Headshot - P 2012

It looks like Kelly Ripa has finally found a co-host.

Disney-ABC Domestic TV is expected to announce next month that Michael Strahan will take over the Live! With Kelly spot that was vacated by Regis Philbin in November, sources said.

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A Live spokesperson had no comment when contacted by The Hollywood Reporter.

Strahan, the former New York Giants star defensive end who now serves as a football analyst on Fox NFL Sunday, is one of several guest co-hosts who have appeared on the show since Philbin's departure.

Since Philbin's exit, Live has had numerous guest co-hosts, starting with Jerry Seinfeld. Others included Neil Patrick Harris, Jim Parsons, Alec Baldwin, Kim Kardashian, Mary J. Blige and Ripa's husband, Mark Consuelos.

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In addition to Strahan -- whose TV experience also includes a role as a regular on the short-lived 2009 Fox sitcom Brothers -- other names that had been speculated as contenders to fill the chair on a permanent basis were Seth Meyers, Josh Groban and Pat Kiernan, all of whom have served as guest co-hosts on the syndicated show.

Live's new season premieres Sept. 3.

The news of Strahan's hiring was first reported by Broadcasting & Cable.