Today marked a new era in daytime television as former NY Giants star snagged the coveted co-host position on Live! With Kelly – beating out such celebrites as, Neil Patrick Harris, Alec Baldwin, Kim Kardashian and Jerry Seinfeld….
The news was announced on the show today with Strahan giving Ripa a big bear hug and lifting her off her feet.
“It’s so nice to have a co-host literally sweep you off your feet,” Ripa said. “I know that he can bench press me if he wanted to.”
Strahan’s selection marks the end of a year-long search in which Ripa auditioned 59 celebrities to see who would be the best fit since Philbin’s retirement.
Strahan had been rumored as the frontrunner for the position in recent weeks with although nothing was made official until the “Live! With Kelly” premiere.