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After the broadcast, Strahan downplayed any suggestion the show would be changing much.

“I think you have two people who can laugh at themselves, who can laugh at each other, who have a good time, who get along — and make sure that anyone who watches the show enjoys it,” Strahan said. “I think it’s the same formula.”

The formula was cooked up by Philbin, the original host, nearly 30 years ago. Ripa joined him in 2001.

Executive producer Michael Gelman, who oversaw that transition from Kathie Lee Gifford to Ripa, was asked how Strahan emerged as the favorite in the current competition.

“Chemistry isn’t something you can really put your finger on,” he said. “But there was something special individually with Michael, and the chemistry was there.”

Ripa, declaring that she had had “a little bit of a say” in Strahan’s selection, said, “I wear my heart on my sleeve, so it’s pretty obvious that I love him. So I was definitely on board.”

“It seems like we’ve been doing it all along,” she added.

In return, Strahan said Ripa has “done a great job for 11 or 12 years, and hopefully we’ll do it for the next 11 or 12 years.”

In the meantime, he will continue as a host of “Fox NFL Sunday,” which originates from Los Angeles, where he lives. He will commute to New York to do “Live!”

How will he handle that routine?

“Get on a plane,” he cracked. “Coming here during the week and doing this show, it’s fun. I don’t look at it as if it’s a chore.”

Before bringing Strahan out, Ripa joked about the lengthy search, advising people to stop sending her resumes.

“I have enjoyed every single solitary person — except for one,” she said. “The staff is laughing because they know that’s true.”

Asked afterward who that one spoilsport had been, she stated with a laugh, “I would never reveal the co-host I did not enjoy being with.”

“But I will!” Strahan jumped in.

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