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3 September 4th, 2012 It’s Official Today: Kelly Ripa Introduces Her New Co-Host Michael Strahan!

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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.”

So what do you think of Michael Strahan being Kelly’s new co-host?  Let us know your thoughts!

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  1. Shauna says:

    I would have watched the show for either Groban or Meyers…. not gonna watch it now. Uuuggghhh. Is Gelman watching the same shows I am?

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  2. SZima says:

    Live! Kelly and Michael…On the sign and on the web site, there is no “With” in the title. Don’t know if that’s intentional or not.

    Anyway, I’m not happy about Michael, but I’ll give him a chance. I thought there were many others that would have done better, and I still have doubts about Michael long-term, but he does seem genuinely happy to have the gig…who wouldn’t be with the salary they’re probably paying him…so I hope it goes well. The producers have spent a lot of money since Regis left to try to make this show stay viable, so we’ll see how it goes.

    I just hope they bring back the “real” Host Chat…it’s what makes the show unique. They’ve been reading too many newspaper articles lately and that’s boring.

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  3. Cathy says:

    I thought that it would be Joel McHale, but am just as happy with Michael Strahan. He and Kelly are fun, energetic and lively. Thank you for taking the time to find the right fit and not just selecting someone to fill the chair. Regis is missed but Michael will be just fine!

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