Michael Strahan returns the love as he is inducted into...

Michael Strahan returns the love as he is inducted into the Giants Ring of Honor. (Oct. 3, 2010) Credit: David Pokress

Michael Strahan has made no secret about his hopes of replacing legendary talk show host Regis Philbin, who is set to retire at year's end. He'll continue to make his pitch on the set of the "Regis and Kelly" show on April 19 in New York. 

"I love it," said the former Giants' All Pro defensive end, who is now an NFL analyst on FOX's Sunday broadcast. "I think the show is it’s similar to what we do on FOX. It’s spontaneous, and we talk about more than just football. We consider it entertainment, and that’s what that show ["Regis and Kelly"] is about, too."

Strahan served as a co-host once last summer, and enjoyed the experience. So much so that he hopes he'll be named the show's permanent co-host. It's uncertain how Philbin's spot will be filled, although the show may use a similar format when Kathy Lee Gifford left as Philbin's co-host. Several different people were paired with Philbin before he settled on Kelly Ripa. 

"Regis Philbin is Regis Philbin, and there’s no replacement for him," Strahan said. "He’s spontaneous. He’s fun. He’s current. Nobody knows how old Regis is, but he’s very current. He knows what’s going on. He’s a pillar of New York City, and so for me, I feel the same in a lot of those ways, but maybe with a little twist on some things. I don’t know what I’m going to say half the time, but I hope it’s entertaining."

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