ABC may have finally found Michael Strahan’s “Live!” replacement. The former NFL player left his position co-hosting with longtime star Kelly Ripa this month, providing no clues as to who his successor might be.
According to Entertainment Tonight, ABC has taken an interest in Rob Lowe to fill the coveted position on the syndicated morning talk show. Lowe, who has starred on shows like “30 Rock” and “The Grinder,” has appeared on the show before and made a good impression on viewers. This is also not the first time the network has considered him for the role. Following Regis Philbin’s 2012 exit, Lowe was brought on as a two-day co-host. The position ultimately went to Strahan, but Lowe has clearly remained on the minds of producers. While it’s unknown if Lowe has been offered the position, a chat with ET earlier this week suggests he might be interested in taking the job..
“I hosted it with Kelly and had the time of my life,” he said at the premiere of “How to Be a Latin Lover.” “I love her...I love being able to talk to an audience every morning like that and just being fun, counter-punching, being silly and talking about cool stuff.”
Strahan’s final day on “Live!” was May 13. Us Weekly caught up with the former New York Giants player one day prior to his exit to discuss leaving the show, as well as his alleged feud with Ripa. Strahan told the publication leaving the show was difficult, as there were “so many things” he was going to miss. He refused, however, to comment on his relationship with Ripa. Strahan later tweeted about his departure, telling his 1.4 million followers that he was “humbled” by their support. He went on to say that co-hosting “Live!” was an “unbelievable” experience.
I am humbled by the support of all the great fans, friends, staff, producers & crew. Unbelievable 4 years. Unbelievable morning. Thank you.
— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) May 13, 2016
While the status of his friendship with Ripa remains unclear, their final day hosting “Live!” together went rather smoothly. The pair appeared on set as they have almost every day for the last four years smiling and laughing together. Strahan shared with viewers that “a lot has happened” during his long career, while highlight photos rolled in the background. He and Ripa then shared one final on-air hug as their live audience cheered in delight.
Strahan is making the jump from “Live!” to “Good Morning America.” He has yet to comment on rumors surrounding his replacement.