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Michael Strahan beat out 59 personalities for the spot as Kelly Ripa’s co-host.

20 Questions With Michael Strahan

by Staff Writer | Photo: Sasha Shemirani/SMAC Entertainment | Manhattan magazine | October 29, 2012

The former Giants defensive end and fledgling co-host of Live With Kelly and Michael talks film biographies and watching where he sits.

What’s the best thing about your new job?
It’s fun. It’s a challenge. And it’s completely outside what everyone thought I could do.

Kelly is so tiny! Are you worried you’ll break her?
No, I try not to sit on her, so I think we’re safe.

Which five people would be at your dream dinner party?
Martin Luther King Jr., JFK, God, Jesus and Jackie Robinson, because he broke barriers in all sports.

What are you bad at?
Rollerblading. Stay out of my way—you don’t want any of this barreling down on you.

Who would you want to play you in your film biography?
I was told I look like Denzel Washington as long as I keep my mouth closed, so I’d let him play me.

What are you afraid of?
I hate snakes! If you want to scare me, put a plastic snake out—that’ll work.

What TV show are you secretly obsessed with?
Homeland.

What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Gladiator.

What’s your favorite app?
Twitter. But also Songza and Viddy, where you can post 15-second videos on Twitter and Facebook.

If you could fix one thing about America, what would it be?
Unemployment.

Who’s your favorite president ever?
I’m a big Bill Clinton fan.

Who’s the funniest person you know?
Besides myself? I’d probably say Chris Rock.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever heard?
One of my teammates once said, “There’s a sign on your left tooth with an arrow pointing at your right tooth that says, next tooth: 1 mile.”

What dish do you prepare best?
Bacon.

How do you feel about replacement refs?
I’m glad the new refs came back. There were too many mistakes and that wasn’t giving the fans or players the experience they should have had.

What always surprises you about New York fans?
That they’re very appreciative and they never forget.

What’s your favorite thing about New York City?
I love that everything is convenient and compact.

What does no one know about Michael Strahan?
That I’m actually shy.

What have you Googled lately?
Shaving products.