Talk show fans were shocked and saddened last year, when Regis Philbin decided call it quits and retire as the co-host of “Live with Regis and Kelly,” a position he had held for nearly three decades. Philbin, who was 79 at the time of the announcement, joked with viewers when he said, "There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera -- especially certain old people!" To viewers' surprise, the Executive Producer of the show, Michael Gelman was determined to find the perfect co-host for the early morning talk show, an individual that was funny, who could relate to viewers and had chemistry with Kelly Ripa, so he didn’t rush into making a choice. He decided it would be in the program’s best interest to go with a co-host by committee approach until he found the perfect man/woman for the job. From mid-November of last year up until September 4th, when the show’s permanent co-host will be revealed, over 50 people will have sat in the seat vacated by Regis. Kim Kardashian, Mario Lopez, Jerry Seinfeld , Howie Mandel, and even musicians, such as Nick Lachey and Josh Groban, have been rumored to be potential new hosts.
Earlier this month, rumor had it that the list of finalists to fill the coveted spot had been narrowed down to Saturday Night Live regular, Seth Meyers, New York 1’s news anchor, Pat Kiernan, and former New York Giants Defensive End, Michael Strahan. It was believed that Seth Meyers was the front-runner to land the gig, but he shot down the rumors whenever reporters posed the question to him. Then, Broadcasting & Cable, an industry trade journal, reported that a final decision had been made and it was none another than Michael Strahan. Ripa even gave viewers somewhat of a hint last week when she turned to Strahan, who was guest co-hosting for the 16th time and said “At this point, I feel like you should be announcing me!”
Becoming the co-host doesn’t mean Strahan intends on leaving his post on Fox’s highly rated “NFL Sunday.” His television resume isn’t a lengthy one, other than “NFL Sunday” he only starred in a 2009 sitcom called “Brothers,” which lasted a total of 13 episodes before being cancelled.
Other than that, Strahan is most memorable for his Hall of Fame caliber football career and the signature gap in his front teeth.
What do you guys think? Is Strahan a good choice for Live ?