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Is the nine month search finally over?

OK! GALLERY: KELLY RIPA GETS WAXED IN NYC

Today it was reported by Broadcasting and Cable that former New York Giants player and FOX NFL Sunday sportscaster, Michael Strahan, had been picked by Kelly Ripa to be her future co-host when the new season of Live With Kelly! kicks off on September 4.

After Regis Philbin left in November, Kelly's led an exhaustive search for the perfect partner in crime and decided on Michael because he's "high energy" and the duo have "great chemistry."

OK! GALLERY: KELLY RIPA HOSTS 10TH ANNUAL TV LAND AWARDS IN NYC

Michael will likely keep his job with FOX if hired officially.

Kelly once said her dream co-host would be Anderson Cooper, and also had a sweet spot for Nick Lachey and Jerry O'Connell.

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