Madame Tussauds New York and LIVE! With Kelly & Michael co-host, Michael Strahan announced during today’s show that the beloved NY Giant’s Hall-of-Famer will soon get his very own figure at the Times Square attraction. This will be the first figure of Strahan in Madame Tussauds attractions worldwide, and it will join the figure of his co-host, Kelly Ripa in the TV Space - which also features Jimmy Fallon, Anderson Cooper and Jon Hamm – in 2016.
Strahan commemorated the occasion by giving the audience of LIVE! a behind-the-scenes look at what is involved in creating a Madame Tussauds figure. Video footage shared the detailed figure-making process that Strahan participated in this past July, when he met with a group of skilled Madame Tussauds studio artists in New York City. The cameras captured this unique experience, which included matching his exact eye color, taking more than 250 measurements, crafting the figure’s pose and capturing Strahan’s expressions.
“It has been a pleasure working with Michael and we cannot wait for him to see his figure in person in just a few short months,” said Eric Fluet, Head of Marketing and Sales at Madame Tussauds New York. “As we continue to celebrate our 15 years in Times Square, we are proud to offer our visitors the one-of-a-kind, interactive experience that only Madame Tussauds New York has.”
"It has been such a fun experience working with the studio artists at Madame Tussauds and going through the process in person," said Michael Strahan. "It is an honor to be chosen and I am looking forward to seeing my figure in person next year!"
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.