Saturday, April 13, 2024

Kelly Ripa Reveals New Co-Host: It’s Michael Strahan (Surprise!)


Michael Strahan was just announced and presented as the new co-host of “Live.”  There’s some kind of weird synergy in the choosing of Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa’s new permanent co-host today. Strahan played his whole career for the New York Giants. Wasn’t someone else connected to “Live” once a Giant legend, kids? Yes, Frank Gifford, husband of Kathie Lee, Regis’s long time partner before Kelly. And so it goes, the circle will not be unbroken. Let’s hope Straha takes a page from Regis Philbin’s playbook– he’ll have to go out three or four times a week, and bring back some good stories to entertain Kelly and the audience. What’s really cool: the new trend for African American male co-hosts of entertainment shows. Kevin Frazier’s on “The Insider.” E News just announced Terrence Jenkins as their co host with Giuiliana Rancic, and now Strahan. Maybe the world is evolving after all.

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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