Thursday, May 30, 2024

Michael Strahan as Kelly Co-Host: He Put L.A. Beach House on Market Last Week


What did Michael Strahan know and when did he know it? Strahan, who lives in Los Angeles, put his main home up for sale last January, a month before his first guest shot as Kelly Ripa’s co-host. He and fiancee Nicole Murphy kept their beach house in Hermosa Beach, California. But a few days before the “Live” rumblings started to go wild, Strahan and Murphy put that house on the market, as well. When I first wrote about the Kelly sweepstakes on July 5th, Strahan was tipped to me as the second guy on the show’s wish list. He was just finishing a five day srint as guest host. He’d come in February, March, and May, each time impressing everyone. Interestingly, his first guest host stint wasn’t until February 7th–by then, a lot of different candidates had already tried their hand at sitting in Regis Philbin’s old chair. Strahan is not replacing Regis–no one can do that. He’s simply the new co-host. Will he tell Regis like stories? If he talks about Eddie Murphy, whose ex wife he will marry, presumably in a Michael Gelman inspired fantasy wedding next February.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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