Ex-Giant Michael Strahan Is Seen as Favorite to Join Kelly Ripa on ‘Live’
(CNN) — If you were rooting for “Live! With Kelly’s” frequent guest co-host Michael Strahan to join Kelly Ripa on the show, your wish just might be ABC’s command.
According to Broadcasting & Cable, the former NFL star is expected to be the new co-host on the morning program.
It’d be wise to leave at least a little room for doubt that Strahan is in for sure, however, as a rep for ABC and “Live!” isn’t commenting on “any of the co-host speculation.”
Earlier this week, it was announced that Ripa will join her new co-host on September 4, after months of guessing games on who would take the spot left vacant by Regis Philbin. He departed the show last November.
At one point, “SNL” star Seth Meyers was said to be in the lead, along with Strahan and Josh Groban, but Meyers quickly swatted away that gossip.
According to USA Today, Strahan is one of 59 co-hosts who were given a test run in the months following Philbin’s departure. The football great is expected to continue to work as a co-host on Fox’s “NFL Sunday,” flying out to Los Angeles on the weekends.
In May, Strahan told “Showbiz Tonight” that he didn’t view the open gig with “Live!” as “replacing Regis [Philbin.]”
“If you put it in that aspect, it’s just too big,” he said. “I just look at it as an opportunity to go on TV and tell stories and have fun and entertain myself and other people, and not look at the big magnitude and scope of it. … I think the show fits my personality.”
CNN’s Jane Caffrey contributed to this report.