Kelly Ripa finally announced her new co-host Tuesday morning — former NFL star and current analyst Michael Strahan.
Of course, that was no surprise to anyone. Strahan had made numerous appearances as guest host since Regis Philbin retired back in January, and the news that the former New York Giants defensive end had been chosen as the permanent replacement leaked weeks ago.
Still, that didn't stop the newly retitled program, "Live With Kelly and Michael," from playing up what Ripa called "a new era of our show." After teasing the news earlier in the morning on "Good Morning America," Ripa finally made the announcement and was swept off her feet by Strahan, who gave her a hug and a kiss and presented her with a bouquet of roses as balloons dropped.
"I'm so happy to be part of this," Strahan said. "You know how they say, it's a dream come true. I truly can't say that because I didn't know I could even dream this."