AP Source: Strahan close to deal with ‘Live!’

Michael Strahan is in talks to be named co-host of ”Live!”

beside Kelly Ripa.

Strahan, 40, a former NFL star and currently a host of ”Fox NFL

Sunday,” was in negotiations to be named as replacement for Regis

Philbin, according to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity

because the source was not authorized to speak about the

negotiations.

Broadcasting & Cable, citing multiple sources with knowledge

of the situation, said ABC was expected to announce him as co-host

in early September.

The syndicated weekday show has left Ripa without a permanent

co-host since Philbin left the show in November 2011. Since then,

she has welcomed 59 guest co-hosts, some of whom, including

Strahan, were under consideration for the permanent job. Strahan

has made several guest appearances this year.

A spokeswoman for ”Live!” declined to comment on Philbin’s

replacement.

On Monday, Disney-ABC Domestic Television had said Ripa will

officially announce her new partner as he or she joins her on stage

for the Sept. 4 broadcast.

Strahan, a former NFL defensive star, also headlined a

shortlived Fox sitcom, ”Brothers,” in 2009.

Philbin, the original ”Live!” host, exited at age 80 after

presiding more than 28 years alongside several co-hosts.

Ripa became his on-air partner in 2001.

Alicia Rancilio contributed to this report.