LIVE with Kelly and Michael co-host, Michael Strahan, unveiled his never-before-seen figure during this morning’s live broadcast of the top-rated, nationally-syndicated talk show. The New York media personality already has a long list of achievements under his belt including being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and receiving a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host in an Entertainment Talk Show, and now he has been immortalized with his own figure at Madame Tussauds New York.
During a session with Madame Tussauds studio artists, over 250 precise measurements were taken of Michael in order to complete his true-to-life likeness. From there, approximately 15 artists worked on Michael’s figure over the course of four months. Hair insertion alone took nearly six weeks with over 150,000 individual hairs inserted by hand.
"It's a true work of art!” said Michael Strahan. "I’m really excited and honored to have a Madame Tussauds figure.”
After making its debut live, on-air, the Strahan figure traveled back to Madame Tussauds’ iconic Times Square location. The hundreds-of-thousands who visit the legendary attraction each year will be able to see the figure in the Film & TV space, where Michael will join the figure of his co-host, Kelly Ripa. Visitors will be able to sit beside the two personalities in a replica of the LIVE with Kelly and Michael set as if they were guests on the popular morning show.
“We are honored that Michael chose to share his experience meeting his figure for the first time with his millions of fans and viewers,” said Eric Fluet, Head of Marketing and Sales at Madame Tussauds New York. “Michael’s figure will only add to our already impressive Film & TV space, as he is one of the most recognizable and adored media icons in the country.”
Born in Houston, Texas, Michael is an icon through and through. He is widely known as one of the best defensive ends in all of football, with a 15-year NFL career with the New York Giants, a Super Bowl Championship in 2007 and a Pro Hall of Fame induction in 2014. Now, Michael can be seen hosting LIVE with Kelly and Michael, as a special co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America, and a FOX NFL Sunday analyst. A loving father to his four children, Michael also takes pride in his numerous charitable endeavors including St. Jude Children’s Hospital’s Thanks & Giving Campaign, The USO and HELP USA.