Michael Strahan Is Kelly Ripa's New 'Live!' Co-Host

The football star will replace Regis Philbin on the daytime talk show.
3:00 | 09/05/12

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karlinsky, abc news, san francisco. They know how to bait the hook. Now, to the big announcement by kelly ripa, on who would take regis' seat. And a face familiar to folks in new york. Michael strahan. And now, kelly's new co-host. First, abc's paula faris has the story. Reporter: We are honored to have him here. Michael strahan. Reporter: In what may be one of the most unusual pairings in television -- 5'3", kelly ripa, was swept off her feet tuesday, by her new 6'5" co-host, former giants defensive end, michael strahan. He could bench press me if he wanted to. Reporter: The announcement ended weeks of speculation, and a nine-month search for ripa's sidekick, which began after regis philbin left the program in 2011. I adore you. I'm so happy to be here and be a part of this. Reporter: A revolving door of celebrities, entertainers and comedians filled the seats. But none was next to the former soap star, more than the retired athlete, who co-hosted 20 times. We went through 59 people. And there was something special individually with michael. And the chemistry was there. It just worked. Reporter: While strahan may not have seemed like the most obvious choice, viewers who weighed in overwhelmingly said he was the best. In many ways, it's like the "american idol" of daytime television. America crowned a winner. And that winner is michael strahan. Reporter: Four years ago, strahan seemed to predict his role. What are you going to do with the rest of your life? You have a lot of personality. A lot of charisma. There's a show I'm on right now that maybe you wanna -- are you saying? "Live, with michael and Reporter: Tuesday, "live" was rebranded to include his name. And this morning, ripa is hoping her new co-host will not only excite her faithful fans, but bring in some new ones, as well. Men might have less shame in admitting that they watch. Reporter: For "good morning america," paula faris, abc news, new york.

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