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If Strahan lands 'Live!' gig he'll still keep Fox Sports job

August 20, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • Michael Strahan is in the running to be Kelly Ripa's full-time co-host on "Live!"
Michael Strahan is in the running to be Kelly Ripa's full-time co-host… (Getty Images )

If Michael Strahan lands the coveted gig sitting next to Kelly Ripa every morning permanently, it doesn't necessarily mean he'll give up his duties at Fox Sports.

Strahan is in the running for the job of co-host of the morning talk show "Live!" While it is a daily gig that requires getting up awfully early and being super perky, Strahan is expected to keep working at Fox as one of the hosts of its popular NFL pregame program "Fox NFL Sunday" should he land the job.

Doing double duty is nothing new for Strahan. He successfully managed to star in the short-lived Fox sitcom "Brothers" without it affecting his position at "Fox NFL Sunday."

However, juggling "Live!" and "Fox NFL Sunday" may be a little trickier and will certainly mean less sleep and more travel for Strahan. "Live!" shoots in New York City, while "Fox NFL Sunday" is produced out of Los Angeles.

It has been almost a year since Regis Philbin left "Live!" and since then there have been 59 different co-hosts. Many, including Alec Baldwin and Jonah Hill, sat in for fun but for others it has been an audition. Besides Strahan, some of the big names who have sat next to Ripa include Neil Patrick Harris and Seth Meyers, who has already said he's not interested.

If Strahan does get the job, don't be surprised if he mistakes Howie Long for Kelly Ripa one day or vice versa.

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