New 'The Talk' host Akbar Gbajabiamila shadowed Michael Strahan to prepare for the gig

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Former NFL subordinate Gbajabiamila volition articulation Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots and Jerry O'Connell for the upcoming Season 12.

In bid to get immoderate tips for the hosting gig, helium called chap jock turned "Good Morning America" big Michael Strahan for help.

    "We played during the aforesaid clip but I ne'er met him, ne'er knew him. He knew my brother, but we truly didn't transverse paths similar that," Gbajabiamila told People.

      "I conscionable cold-called and said, 'Hey, you know, I emotion what you're doing. I'm excited astir what you're doing. Can I shadiness you?'" helium recalled.

      Gbajabiamila called Strahan "one of the coolest dudes connected the satellite and specified a humbling, gracious guy."

      "He was conscionable dropping maine dimes, conscionable like, nuggets present and there, present and there. And truthful I'm everlastingly grateful for that clip and that opportunity," helium told the publication. "We inactive enactment successful contact. I was conscionable retired determination to sojourn him, possibly astir 2 months ago, successful New York and went retired to meal oregon whatever. He's been precise inspirational."

      Gbajabiamila is looking guardant to starting, saying helium loves being successful a squad environment.

      "I'm truthful blessed to beryllium a portion of this, successful summation to this team," helium said.

        Of the caller season, helium said, "We are astir to person a party."

        Season 12 of "The Talk" premieres Sept. 13 connected CBS.

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