Broadcasting & Cable reported yesterday that former Giants DE and current NFL on Fox studio analyst Michael Strahan has been tapped to become Kelly Ripa's permanent co-host on Live With Kelly. After Regis Philbin's retirement in late 2011, the show had seen an array of guest co-hosts with Ripa, including Strahan. Last month, it was reported that Strahan was one of three finalists for the permanent job along with Seth Meyers and Josh Groban. Strahan has been noted for his chemistry with Ripa and personality that's seen him quickly become the media star his former Giants teammate Tiki Barber failed to be. Maybe that's poetic justice for Strahan after Barber publicly threw him under the bus 10 years ago. Let's be real, it was this striptease in front of Channing Tatum that obviously won Strahan the job.
Four years ago when Strahan retired, who would have thought he would make the most successful crossover athlete into the mainstream media? A closer look reveals Strahan's rise to Live With Kelly co-host isn't as surprising as it first appears...no comments