Kelly Ripa announced on Monday morning that her new permanent co-host will be Ryan Seacrest, 42, and that it will be a start to a new era of Live. Ripa thanked all her previous temporary co-hosts and called them a forever part of the ‘Live’ family. She also appreciates them for taking time out of their busy schedules to come on the show. Ripa also thanked the audience for being supportive, patient, and for sticking with the show and continue to motivate her.
Some of the numerous temporary co-hosts on Live With Kelly included Jerry O’Connell, Fred Savage, Neil Patrick Harris, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen. It took a year after Michael Strahan left the show for Ripa to find her new co-host.
Michael Strahan, 46, had announced in May 2016 that he would be leaving Live to become a full-time anchor on Good Morning America. It created quite a scene - because Ripa was presumably blind-sided and she had only discovered the news minutes before going live on their show. While Strahan was supposed to be staying for a few months, Ripa demanded that he leave immediately - and also requested an executive producer credit on the show going forward.
But now that all the drama is behind her, Ripa couldn’t be happier to announce this news on her 21st wedding anniversary.
Ryan Seacrest also published a statement saying that the pair have been friends for long and he is excited to work with her on the show! He also tweeted, mentioning that Kelly completely crushes every morning and she is one of his favorite people.
At the start of the show, Ripa and Seacrest debuted with playful banter - and Seacrest revealed that he was told to keep it a secret after he’d already told his close friends and co-workers about the new job.
Check out Ripa and Seacrest for the first time as co-hosts:
Of course, Seacrest is no strange to the hosting spotlight. A true pop culture star, he has hosted some of the best shows in America, from New Year’s Rockin’ Eve to his radio show On Air With Ryan Seacrest, and of course American Idol. We can’t wait for more fun filled and entertaining episodes of Live Show with Kelly.