B&C - ABC is expected to announce in early September that Michael Strahan will take over as the cohost of Live! alongside Kelly Ripa, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Even when he assumes the new role, Strahan is expected to remain in his role with Fox NFL Sunday, as first reported by Joe Flint in the Los Angeles Times. The long-running ABC franchise originates weekdays from New York, while Fox’s popular NFL studio programming is in Los Angeles. Strahan, a former defensive star in the NFL, was also the star of a (brief) sitcom for Fox, Brothers. The ABC morning show has been without a permanent sidekick for Ripa since Philbin left the show in late 2011. It has used a constant flow of guest hosts — including Strahan and other finalists for the permanent job, like Seth Meyers — since then.
You know what? I can’t really say anything bad about Strahan. Part of me thinks its just weird as fuck they paired an 80 pound white woman with a gigantic black goof. But whatever, who cares. Can’t knock the dude for landing this gig. And you know the real reason why I love this move? Because somewhere right now Tiki Barber is waiting on the unemployment line getting the news that Michael Strahan is the new Regis Philbin and it is absolutely crushing him. This was like the exact job Tiki dreamed of when he started his broadcasting career and thought he was just gonna be handed the keys to the castle.
Now he’s viewed as one of the biggest villains in New York, has no job and is married to a homewrecking floozie who will probably fuck him over as bad as he did his original wife and kids.
PS – Although I must say, I would have been fucking perfect for this gig. KFC and Kelly, Live! You kidding me? People wouldn’t even remember the name Regis Philbin after I was there a week. You know how much chemistry I’d have with this little mix? There be so much sexual tension between Ripa and I, you could cut it with my boner.