New ‘Live!’ Co-Host Michael Strahan Has ‘Great Rapport’ With Kelly Ripa, Says His Sister (EXCLUSIVE)

By: Dylan Howard / August 22, 2012

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Kelly Ripa‘s No. 1 draft pick of Michael Strahan as her cohost on Live! is the right choice because “he’s got a broad opinion on a lot of things,” according to his sister.

The ex-New York Giant has reportedly landed the much-coveted slot as Ripa’s cohost on Live! With Kelly, which has been vacant since Regis Philbin stepped down last November.

“He thinks he’s a comic,” Sandra Strahan told Celebuzz, in an exclusive interview.

“He’s got a broad opinion on a lot of things and they have a great rapport.”

Though there has been no official confirmation from Live! — it had been announced that the new cohost will be introduced Sept. 4 on the show — Strahan’s sister confirmed the 6-foot-5, 275 pounds former footballer has been vacationing in the Bahamas.

“Michael told us he wanted to take a break from it all, because he’s been working so much,” Sandra added.

Strahan, 40, was one of 59 guest hosts who Ripa tried out, including Saturday Night Live star Seth Meyers and singer Josh Groban.

Others who warmed the seat included Mark ConsuelosNeil Patrick Harris and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Strahan will keep his gig with FOX on FOX NFL Sunday.

Said his sister: “I was surprised he wanted it so bad, because it’s so confining. He’d have to be in New York five days a week. But, he’s excited about it and that’s what matters. He’ll just have to be bi-coastal.”

He has big shoes to fill. Philbin retired from the popular daytime talk show in November 2011 after 28 seasons.

In an interview with Celebuzz in April, 80-year-old Philbin doubted whether the Walt Disney Company, which owns ABC, was even trying to find the right candidate to fill his legendary shoes.

“I don’t see anybody new on the show,” the man known as Reeg said.

“I wonder sometimes if they’re even looking for a new co-host. I see people like Seth Meyers — a terrific guy — but he’s got a show, Saturday Night Live and I don’t know if he could or would want to undertake this other show, as well.

“I don’t see anybody that they’re trying out — anybody new, I might say — that they’re trying out to get the job. Not yet, anyway.”

An ABC spokesperson told Celebuzz the network had no comment on co-host speculation.

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