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CLAIM: Michael Strahan “Top Contender” to Replace Regis Philbin on Live with Kelly

Truth rating: 2

By Shari Weiss

(HollywoodLife)

“NFL Star Michael Strahan Top Contender To Be Kelly Ripa’s Co-Host” reads a HollywoodLife headline.

According to the unreliable webloid, the former footballer “is the front-runner to sit alongside Kelly as her ‘Live with Kelly!’ co-host.”

“All bets are on Michael Strahan,” claims a so-called “source,” who adds that he is “funny, does well on camera and gets along really fabulously with Kelly.”

The supposed snitch continues, “Michael is the top name that is seriously being thrown around right now,” while singer Josh Groban is allegedly still in the running, but “execs on the show just aren’t sure if he’s the best bet.”

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So is Strahan really Regis Philbin’s most likely replacement?

Not exactly.

“There’s no ‘top contender,’” an actual “Live” insider tells Gossip Cop, explaining that “some people are still coming in for their first tryouts, others are still coming back for the second time.”

Adds our impeccable source, the “field’s wide open.”

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