Even though the word was out that former football star turned commentator turned host, Michael Strahan was the pick to be Kelly Ripa’s new co-host, on what was formerly Live with Regis and Kelly, today it became official on-air!
Earlier this morning, Kelly teased the announcement on Good Morning America, holding up little signs with the heads of the five guys who were left in the running including singer, Josh Groban and SNL’s Seth Meyers. Then when Kelly opened today’s episode of her own show, she introduced Strahan and it became official including the new name of the show, Live! With Kelly and Michael.
Michael Gelman, the long time executive producer of the talk show, told the Huffington Post this morning why the decision to go with Strahan as the first permanent male co-host since the departure of long time series star, Regis Philben. Gelman stated, “Chemistry isn’t something you can really put your finger on. But we went through 59 people and we brought people back a lot of times and we thought about a lot of people. There was definitely something special individually with Michael and also their chemistry was there and they had this energy and they’re able to have this fun and shorthand together that it just works. It was a tough decision, but Michael coming back all those times made it much easier.”
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