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Now We Know Who Will Fill Regis Philbin's Former Spot Next to Kelly Ripa -- Word Leaks Out Ahead of ABC Announcement B&C

While ABC was trying to keep the identity of Kelly Ripa’s new co-host a secret until it could do a big reveal on “Live! with Kelly” on Sept. 4, B&C is reporting that the job is expected to go to Michael Strahan.

The publication says multiple sources with inside knowledge are indicating the former NFL player and current “Fox NFL Sunday” personality will be the morning show’s new co-host, taking over a spot held down for years by Regis Philbin.

Strahan is expected to keep his job on “Fox NFL Sunday,” which tapes in L.A. while “Live!” originates from New York.

Strahan was a defensive standout in the NFL, and starred briefly on the Fox sitcom “Brothers.”

The report notes: “The ABC morning show has been without a permanent sidekick for Ripa since Philbin left the show in late 2011. It has used a constant flow of guest hosts -- including Strahan and other finalists for the permanent job, like Seth Meyers -- since then.”

An ABC representative would not comment for the story.