Ryan Seacrest is Kelly Ripa’s new co-host on ‘Live’
Two sources with knowledge of the deal confirmed the news to CNN prior to Monday’s broadcast, on which Ripa and Seacrest broke the news to viewers.
“Today, the next chapter of the ‘Live’ story is about to be written,” Ripa said.
Ripa thanked all of the temporary co-hosts who had filled in during the search, saying, “They are a part of the ‘Live’ family forever.”
She then increased the anticipation by going to commercial break before bringing Seacrest on stage.
“So happy,” Seacrest said as he embraced Ripa before the audience. “So exciting.”
Seacrest, one of the world’s best-known broadcasters, has co-hosted “Live” five times as a guest since ABC began the search for Michael Strahan’s replacement one year ago.
“Live” gives Seacrest, the former host of Fox’s “American Idol,” a new daily platform on network television. He will also be an executive producer on the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter, giving him at least nominally the same level of power over it that Ripa herself has.
The beloved talk show airs in many markets at 9 a.m., directly against the third hour of NBC’s “Today.” In the fall NBC is introducing a new 9 a.m. show led by Megyn Kelly, who recently jumped from Fox News to NBC.