MICHAEL STRAHAN is secretly planning an over-the-top $2 million-plus wedding to fiancee Nicole Murphy that will feature everything from gold limos to a galaxy of A-list stars.
Insiders say his spectacular wedding to Eddie Murphy’s ex-wife next summer is a blatant attempt to capture the spotlight – a move that could shake up the “Live Kelly & Michael” set.
“Michael is a show-boater – it’ll be a super-lavish affair,” declared an insider.
“He wants to get married in Manhattan with a reception that will cost a bundle. He was even saying it would be cool if he and his bride could exchange vows at the top of the Empire State Building!
“He wants to arrive in gold limos and plans to have a Who’s Who of famous stars, politicians and sports celebrities on the guest list.
“With an exotic honeymoon thrown in, it’s estimated that the bash will cost more than $2 million.”
The 42-year-old former NFL player and his fiancee Nicole, 45, have been engaged since 2009 and now “they want their ceremony to be the Wedding of the Year,” said the source.
“This is already reminding people of Star Jones, who turned into a ‘bridezilla’ when she famously took over ‘The View’ with nonstop talk about her wedding.
“Everywhere he goes, Michael is already showing everyone bridal magazines with Post-It Notes sticking out of the pages.”
Meanwhile, his fiancee Nicole is no stranger to extravagant weddings. Back in 1993, she reportedly blew $1.2 million when she walked the aisle with Eddie at New York’s Plaza Hotel in front of 500 guests, including Bruce Willis, Queen Latifah and Bill Murray.
“Michael wants Nicole’s wedding to Eddie to look like a kiddie party in comparison,” said the source.
“It’s sure to get massive news coverage, and that’s what Michael wants – but it’s certain to rub Kelly’s crew the wrong way.”
Now Kelly’s team at Live! are concerned that the upcoming nuptials will dominate the gabfest.
The competition to be the show’s top dog has already caused problems – and it could get worse.
Michael’s also planning to buy a $25 million apartment near their studio, another “look at me” tactic that apparently has Kelly’s crew rolling their eyes.
Said the source: “It’s no secret that Michael is trying to hog the limelight – and his celebrity wedding is the topper.”