updated 09/04/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/04/2012 AT 9:15 AM ET
Michael Strahan will join Kelly Ripa as co-host of Live!, the show announced Tuesday morning.
“It’s time for a new era of our show to begin,” Ripa said at the top of the hour. “It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you the newest member of our Live! family, Michael Strahan!”
“I adore you and I am so happy to be here and be a part of this,” Strahan, 40, said. “You know how they say it’s a dream come true? I truly can’t say that because I didn’t even know I could dream this.”
After more cheerful banter, Strahan said, “Let’s have a seat,” and pulled Ripa’s chair out before sitting down alongside her in front of a new screen that read, Live! with Kelly and Michael.