michael strahan & kelly ripa

Michael Srahan & Kelly Ripa

*Michael Strahan is the man … as far as Kelly Ripa is concerned.

Kelly and the folks at “Live,” the syndicated morning show that’s been around for ages, selected Strahan yesterday to be her permanent co-host.

Strahan’s rep was seen outside the building on 67th and Columbus yesterday grinning from ear to ear, reports TMZ.

Strahan tried out for the gig in June and apparently impressed the suits.

His hiring comes after a several months-long search for a new co-host to replace Regis Philbin, who left the show in November.

BTW … Strahan is 6’5″ … Kelly is 5’3″.  They make an interesting pair.

Especially when he dances and does splits in his underwear.

This right here is when he got the job: