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September 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Revealing one of television’s worst-kept secrets, Kelly Ripa today (Tuesday) introduced the person who will replace Regis Philbin as her co-host on Live!. As Michael Strahan stepped on stage to the cheers of the audience, Ripa greeted him with hugs and kisses — and balloons. Strahan remarked, “You know how you say it’s a dream come true, but I truly can’t say that because I didn’t know I could even dream this.” Ripa seemed to cast doubt on that claim a few minutes later when she played a clip of a 2008 show when Strahan, then a member of the New York Giants, remarked during a guest appearance on the show that he would one day like to host Live! — to which Philbin commented, “You never know who’s going to sit here next.” Reacting to the clip, Strahan turned toward the camera and said, “Regis, I was joking … but I’m glad the joke came true.”