Kelly Ripa’s run as solo host of “Live!” is almost over, and it looks like former professional football player Michael Strahan will be going her to replace Regis Philbin who retired earlier this year.
“Live with Kelly!” has featured Ripa along side 59 guest co-hosts, many of them hoping to take the gig permanently. Potential candidates who were also evidently considered for the co-hosting job included stars like Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Grobin and others.
Reps for Strahan are evidently finalizing a deal that will land the roll for the former NFL superstar turned ESPN anchor, according to the Associated Press. The folks behind the scenes at “Live!” are refusing to comment. The show is produced and syndicated by WABC, New York’s local ABC affiliate.