Kelly Ripa's New Live! Co-Host Is... Michael Strahan, she announced today By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Sep 4, 2012 8:26 AM CDT 11 comments Comments This May 22, 2011 file photo shows former NFL football player Michael Strahan at The 26th Annual Sports Spectacular The Hyatt Regency Hotel Century City in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Katy Winn, file) (Newser) – Surprise, surprise: Kelly Ripa announced her new Live! With Kelly co-host today, and it's Michael Strahan. Rumors had centered on the former football star since last month, ABC News reports. "We finally have our new guy. That's right, I said guy," Ripa said on today's show. "It's an exciting morning." Strahan called himself "speechless" and said the new gig is "a dream come true." An impressive 59 co-hosts have sat in the chair that used to belong to Regis Philbin since he left the show last November.