So, after nearly a year of guest co-hosts, Kelly Ripa has finally found that special someone to fill Regis’s shoes: former New York Giant Michael Strahan.
(Actually, he’ll probably need to have new shoes made because Regis is super tiny, whereas Michael is, well, built like a linebacker.)
I’m not big into American football, so I must admit I don’t know much about Strahan, so why don’t we get to know him a little better? After all, he’s about to come into millions of homes every weekday as part of the background noise we work-at-home/stay-at-homes employ to keep from going crazy.
5 Fun Facts About Michael Strahan
1. Michael loves animals.
Shortly after Michael Vick was arrested for his participation in a dogfighting ring, Strahan appeared in a PETA PSA. While the PSA was not about dogfighting (instead it’s about not leaving your pets outside at night), Strahan has said he was prompted to participate in order to advocate for those who “don’t have a voice.” Aww.
2. Michael is BIG.
Kelly Ripa is 5’3″ and weighs about as much as a wet toothpick. Michael, on the other hand, is 6’5″ and 275 pounds. They look kind of funny next to each other.
3. Michael’s Wikipedia page is weirdly complimentary.
I’m not sure this meets with Wikipedia’s quality standards, but apparently as a morning talk show host, “he is knowledgeable and articulate, the antithesis of the football player image.” Seems kind of subjective to me. Maybe his mom does his wiki page.
4. Michael has four kids from two marriages.
…One of which did not end well. His second wife accused him of beating her, “videotaping her sister” (DOING WHAT?) and frequent adultery. She won quite a large settlement in their divorce ($15M, plus $18,000 a month in child support), and it’s rumored that a verse in Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” is about him. (Okay, so I made up that rumor, but it could be true.) Strahan is currently engaged to Eddie Murphy’s ex-wife Nicole Murphy.
5. Michael supports marriage equality.
The sports world is more than a little homophobic as a rule, so it was kind of a big deal with Strahan came out in support of marriage equality in New York (never mind the fact that he, along with the Giants, actually resides in New Jersey). Here is Michael’s support ad with fiancee Nicole:
How do you feel about Kelly’s new co-host? Positive, negative, indifferent?