Regis Philbin rates new ‘Live!’ co-host Michael Strahan

By Mallory Hatten,

Regis Philbin caught up with reporters on Thursday at Exploring the Arts Gala in New York City, and the former Live! with Regis and Kelly co-host revealed his thoughts on Kelly Ripa’s new co-host, Michael Strahan.

Philbin told Us Weekly of the former NFL star, “He’s got a good sense of humor. He’s a good guy. I think they’re doing great.”

Philbin announced his resignation from the popular morning show in September 2011, leaving ABC to find a fitting replacement. Months and months of guest co-hosting ensued, but producers ultimately picked the fun-loving, laid-back 40-year-old Strahan. “I was more nervous getting out of the limo today [to begin on Live!] then coming out of any tunnel,” Strahan admitted after his September 4 Live! debut. “At least there I have a mask to hide behind, here it’s just me.”

And how does Ripa feel about her new sidekick? According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Ripa said, “I wear my heart on my sleeve, so it’s pretty obvious that I love him."

Live! airs weekdays at 8:00 a.m. EST on ABC.

Photo Courtesy of INFDaily.com



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