Ryan Seacrest has been announced as Kelly Ripa's new ‘Live!’ co-host, almost exactly a year after Michael Strahan's departure and the show will now be called ‘Live! With Kelly and Ryan’.
“Ryan is a quintessential broadcaster and at the top of his game,” said Ripa in a statement. “I am thrilled to start my mornings with him every day, and we are so fortunate at ‘Live’ to have him join the family. Ryan is a close friend and his star shines as brightly off camera as it does on. His tremendous success is only matched by his impeccable reputation. Plainly said, everyone loves him, and so will our daily viewers.”
A slew of celebrities had filled in as Kelly's guest co-hosts throughout the past year and were seen as contenders for the job. The list included Jerry O'Connell, Anderson Cooper, Fred Savage, Jussie Smollett, Christian Slater, Andy Cohen, Joel McHale, Josh Groban, Carrie Ann Inaba and Kelly's husband Mark Consuelos—all of whom made multiple appearances.
Other guest co-hosts included Priyanka Chopra, Chris Harrison, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Octavia Spencer, Daniel Dae Kim, Common, Alex Rodriguez, Corbin Bleu, Taye Diggs and Seal.
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