Kelly Ripa's New Partner: Michael Strahan

He will permanently replace Regis, says Broadcasting & Cable

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 21, 2012 5:48 PM CDT

(Newser) – Kelly Ripa is finally getting a permanent replacement for Regis Philbin after nearly year, and Broadcasting & Cable says it's former NFL star Michael Strahan. ABC wouldn't confirm, but the network is expected to make the announcement in a few weeks. Strahan has been one of the many guest co-hosts to work with Ripa on the Live! show. Football fans who like him on Fox NFL Sunday might not have to worry: The Los Angeles Times speculated a few days ago that he would probably keep that gig even if he got the ABC job.

This 2011 file photo shows former NFL football player Michael Strahan.   (AP Photo/Katy Winn, file)
Kelly Ripa tapes an episode of "Live! with Kelly" in New York earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
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