Congratulations to former NFL player Michael Strahan. He was just named as the new co-host of ABC’s ‘Live! with Kelly’. Strahan, whose a current football correspondent on ‘FOX NFL Sunday’, also makes history of the show’s first African American to host the show in its nearly 29 years on television.
The show’s host, Kelly Ripa, became a solo host when Regis Philbin retired in 2011. Philbin had been host of the show since it’s beginning until November 2011, in its 28th season.
Of the many co-hosts who sat alongside Ripa during the year long vacancy, ‘SNL’ writer Seth Meyers and singer Josh Groban were also named as top contenders for the gig.
A bit of information on the new host? Strahan played for the New York Giants six years before retiring in 2005. He’s also currently engaged to reality TV star Nicole Murphy ,who just happens to be actor Eddie Murphy’s ex-wife.
The new season of the show will begin September 4th.