"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.
"He figured it out," said Ripa, offering yet more evidence of their rapport. "He watches the show and he knows my body language."
AP Television Writer David Bauder contributed to this report.