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.
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.
Kelly Ripa tapes an episode of "Live! with Kelly" in New York earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
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