Report: Michael Strahan in final three to co-host with Kelly Ripa

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Outside of the legal battle over the bounty suspensions, there’s not much actual football news being made right now.

A former football star’s television career is about as close as we’re going to get, so we bring you word that former Giant defensive end and current FOX pregame show host Michael Strahan is one of three finalists to fill the seat vacated by Regis Philbin next to Kelly Ripa on what’s currently called Live! With Kelly. We can’t say we’ve seen any of Strahan’s work on the show, but he’s an affable fellow who is comfortable in front of the camera thanks to his Sunday gig during football season and one mostly painful season of the sitcom Brothers.

Alas, the report does not tab Strahan as the front-runner. Roger Friedman of Showbiz411.com reports that Seth Meyers, currently the head writer and Weekend Update host of Saturday Night Live, has the inside track on the gig. He’ll co-host a full week of shows next week in a test run and, per the report, the job is his unless he pulls a Brett Favre to help out Strahan.

Singer Josh Groban is the third finalist. This is his first ever mention on the pages of Pro Football Talk and likely his last unless he gets a gig during halftime of the Super Bowl or buys into the Dolphins.