From the NFL to Fox sports to Live! With Kelly–Michael Strahan must have himself a really good publicist. Rumors abounded on TMZ yesterday that the New York Giants defensive end would finally fill the empty chair left vacant by the departure of Regis Philbin last November.
This morning, WABC, a syndicate of the network that produces the morning show, announced that the 6-foot-5 Fox Sports commentator would be offcially joining the 5-foot-3 human percolator on September 4.
Which leaves just one question: Out of all the 59 hosts that ABC has used as rotating guest hosts, why Mr. Strahan, a name that carries far less cachet than say, NY1′s Pat Kiernan, Mario Lopez, Seth Meyers or Alec Baldwin?
Pat Kiernan might not be taking over Regis Philbin’s spot at “Live! With Kelly,” but at least the cultishly-popular NY1 anchor can console himself with the $3.8 million that he just made on the sale of his Upper West Side penthouse, according to city records.
Even if Mr. Kiernan and wife Dawn did set a neighborhood record when they paid $2.05 million for their new house in Williamsburg, the couple will have more than a little extra pocket change from the sale of the four-bedroom co-op at 215 West 75th Street.
Per Roger Friedman’s Showbiz411, Saturday Night Live head writer Seth Meyers is in the lead to replace Regis Philbin on the morning show currently known as Live with Kelly. Kelly Ripa’s other prospective co-hosts are football star Michael Strahan and singer Josh Groban–sorry, Pat Kiernan. All that lobbying for naught! And Mr. Meyers Read More
Beloved NY1 anchor, new Williamsburg resident, and object of many a New Yorker’s cult fandom Pat Kiernan has now done multiple stints on Live, With Kelly! as one of the rotating guest hosts. His spots on the show have inspired a campaign to make him the full-time co-host of the show alongside Kelly Ripa. But he has competition. And he will address that competition ruthlessly.