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Michael Strahan on being 'Live'

Talk show co-host talks about his day job, marriage and his signature smile

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Dec 26, 2012 1:10PM

'Live with Kelly and Michael' '/' ABC

 

Former NFL great Michael Strahan has found his daytime groove.

 

He's been co-hosting "Live! With Kelly and Michael" for three months, and the show is enjoying strong ratings and a loyal following.

 

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But the 41-year-old, who also works as a commentator on "FOX NFL Sunday," said he's really shy, despite his larger-than-life TV persona.

 

"When it comes to the camera, I can do my thing," the Super Bowl champion and one-time New York Giant said in the January edition of Elle. "But I'm bashful."

 

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Strahan, who is also known for his gap-toothed smile, said he once considered getting it fixed but is glad he didn't.

 

'Michael Strahan' '/' ABC

"I was in my twenties," he said. "I was playing with the Giants. There's so much pressure to be perfect. You can fix everything now. For me, I made the conscious effort to say 'This is who I am.' I'm not perfect. I don't want to try to be perfect."

 

A cuddly teddy bear compared to former cantankerous co-host, Regis Philbin, Strahan has had his share of personal drama. He's been married and divorced twice -- his last divorce played out in the public in very ugly ways -- and now he's engaged to Eddie Murphy's ex-wife, Nicole Murphy. The two have nine children between them.

 

But Strahan said he still believes in love and the institution of marriage -- and that's one of the qualities that endears him to his "Live" fans.

 

"Even though I'm not with their mother, it's important for my kids to see adults in a committed and happy relationship," Strahan said. "They need to see a strong relationship. You don't have to settle."

 

"Live! With Kelly and Michael" airs weekdays in syndication. Check your local listings.

32Comments
Feb 5, 2013 2:50PM
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Stop!! Michael you need to tell Kelly to CHILL! You two are not married to meach other & should not act as if you are. You have Nicole and she has Mark! You two are doing and saying odd gestures. STOP! You are co-hosts. And never again say or show you two SPOONING!!
Dec 27, 2012 5:51PM
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These 2 crack me up. I enjoy seeing them work together. Michael is a great addition. i hated it when it took them soooo long to cast a co host. i didnt watch too often cuz it just wasnt exciting. 
Dec 27, 2012 1:13PM
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Regis was bad enough, but Michael should stick to sports!!!
Dec 27, 2012 12:54PM
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Michael's great!  Glad to have some sports news back on the program. 

As for Kelly ------ when she's on vacation, can you get Julianne Heough to fill in?  She's pretty...... and talented.  I guess I'm just tired of Kelly's childish demeanor. 

Dec 27, 2012 12:32PM
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He does a great job on Fox Sports, at least compared to the blow hard Jimmy Johnson
Dec 27, 2012 11:55AM
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They are doing great together, two great personalities working together and learning a new approach to their niche.  One day the public will leave the racial crap aside and approach objectivity in their critique.  Anyway its good to see some smiling faces somewhere instead of that whole bunch of ineffective leaders in Washington (both parties).
Dec 27, 2012 10:59AM
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Cannot believe they replaced Regis with a black guy who has nothing upstairs....
Dec 27, 2012 10:58AM
Dec 27, 2012 10:15AM
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I can't believe he's doing this lame housewives show! What's next, a tampax commercial?
Dec 27, 2012 10:11AM
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Kelly and Michael are doing alright.  6 days of anyone is a bit much.  He knows his football, but has some catchin' up to do with the rest of the world.  He's trying, but needs a smarter coach than the airy Kelly.  Keep the smart writers and producers close.
Dec 27, 2012 9:56AM
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At least unscientifically, we have a positive consensus on this website. I'm at work while the show's on, but I hope Kelly and Michael's associates, their press agents in partcular, are reading this so they have an idea of how to go forward.

 

OK, Michael's fine with his gap teeth, but I wonder if, since his youth, think David Letterman, he's been goofed on with, "my, oh my!"

Dec 27, 2012 9:55AM
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Nice to see a football player having more talent than just head banging...
Dec 27, 2012 9:52AM
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Kathie Lee and Regis were the best but Kelly and Michael have good chemistry too.
Dec 27, 2012 9:18AM
Dec 27, 2012 8:48AM
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This in my opinion is one of the Classiest Acts on TV.  Compared to the other junk and cohosted or other talk shows.  This addition of Strahan has been a real plus to the show.  If I happen to turn the TV on at that time, if not a News channel it will be this pair.  His personna is positive and it is a good fit.
Dec 27, 2012 8:31AM
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I find very little to recommend in the co-hosting pair.  Neither one adds any credibility to the other.  The show is simply a vehicle for advertising and give-aways.
Dec 27, 2012 8:30AM
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 A new Kelly would work or at least if she could keep her hands off Michael....Those hands of hers - really seem to embarrass  Michael. 
Dec 27, 2012 8:04AM
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I love the chemistry between Kelly and Michael. I find myself missing the show on weekends so I turn on the football show on Sundays just to watch him interact with the guys on that show. I have grown to love that show also now.
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