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Michael Strahan makes official debut as Kelly Ripa’s co-host

Kelly Ripa’s new teammate is former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan. (Donna Svennevik / AP)

Either way, at least the money has to be good.

As reported last month, Michael Strahan was officially named Regis Philbin’s replacement as the man next to Kelly Ripa on “Live” today.

“You know how they say it's a dream come true?” Strahan asked after Ripa’s announcement. “I truly can't say that because I didn't even know I could dream this.”

The former New York Giants defensive end enveloped his new partner in a bear hug and Ripa cracked, “It’s so nice to have a co-host who can literally sweep you off your feet.”

Strahan is navigating fairly treacherous waters, as former athletes who’ve hosted non-sports TV shows can attest. Who can forget Magic Johnson’s talk show? Or John McEnroe’s? Or the unsuccessful foray of his former Giants teammate, Tiki Barber, in early-morning TV? Actually, we all can, which is why YouTube was invented.

(Actually, the worst of “McEnroe” is oddly entertaining.)

H/T: Guyspeed

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Strahan intends to keep his Fox football job

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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