Michael Strahan reportedly will be named co-host of “Live! with Kelly” next month. (Stephen Lovekin)

The New York Giants’ former defensive end would do the daily show with Ripa in New York and the NFL show Sundays in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times. Several outlets wrote that Strahan is expected to be named Regis Philbin’s permanent replacement when the show’s new season begins Sept. 4, as first reported by Broadcasting and Cable. The Associated Press reports that he is close to a deal to do the morning show.

It sounds like a fairly punishing schedule, but Strahan, who is 40 and made the cut after 59 men tried out for the gig, starred in a sitcom (“Brothers,” which lasted a nanosecond) and did the football show in 2009. He retired from after 15 NFL seasons in 2008, shortly after the Giants won the Super Bowl.

Still, wouldn’t it be easier on everyone and more entertaining to just replace Ripa with the entire Fox Sunday crew? Admit it, you’d watch that.

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