By Hillary Busis
Updated September 04, 2012 at 05:05 PM EDT

Earlier this morning, Kelly Ripa bid adieu to a revolving door of temporary co-hosts — and finally introduced gap-toothed ex-New York Giant Michael Strahan as her new permanent partner in crime. For anyone who’s been following Ripa’s host search, the announcement wasn’t a surprise. But even so, Kelly’s audience reacted to her news as though they’d just been gifted brand-new cars — or at least some Vaseline. See them scream in the video below.

Check out that lift! Eat your heart out, Baby and Johnny Castle.

“I’m speechless,” Strahan said after his warm welcome. Still, he managed to find a few words for the occasion: “You know how you say ‘it’s a dream come true’? Well, I truly can’t say that, because I didn’t know I could even dream this.”

Strahan also gave Ripa a bouquet of red roses and spoke reverently of Ripa’s longtime co-host Regis Philbin, saying he’s “in awe of” the TV vet. Though Philbin has huge shoes to fill, Strahan is up for the task — if nothing else, his feet must be four times the size of Reeg’s.

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