New ‘Live!’ Co-Host Michael Strahan Has A Message for Mario Lopez [AUDIO]

September 13, 2012 9:43 am

Michael Strahan, former NFL defensive end turned talk show co-host called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” on Thursday to talk about his new gig on “Live! with Kelly and Michael.”

On His Chemistry With Kelly Ripa:
“It was over a year ago when I went on to co-host. I had met Kelly a long time ago, years ago. But being on the show was the first time I really got to interact with her. Instantly, she is so easy to get along with for everybody. She had 59 total guest hosts come on that show over the last nine months, which is hard to change up and really guide 59 people through the show. She had a connection with everybody. Fortunate for me ours seemed to come through.”

How Long Did Michael Know He Was The New Co-Host?
“I some lead time. I had to tell people, ‘I know nothing about this,’ for like a month or so. When I started doing the job, I was doing it out of fun. I never intended on getting it. I never even thought like that, but I’m glad I did,” says the new co-host. So, what words did he have for fellow contender Mario Lopez? “I still love you, but it’s mine baby.”

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The Weekly Los Angeles/New York Commute:
“I live in LA still, I’m back and forth. Because I still have to do “FOX NFL Sundays.” When we wrap up here on Friday mornings I hop on the plane and fly to LA, hang out there for the weekend, do the show on Sunday on FOX, as soon as that is over I’m on a plane back here. I land at 2 or 3 in the morning and on the air at 9,” Michael explains.

On Filling Regis’ Shoes
Regis co-hosted the popular daytime talk show for nearly 30 years, does Michael see himself following in his footsteps? “There is no way I will be 70 doing any show, I guarantee that! That’s one thing that is written in stone.”

Live with Kelly & Michael airs weekdays at 9am on ABC.


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