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Somehow, it's been almost an entire year since Live with Kelly! went through its most recent hosting debacle in the form of Michael Strahan's botched exit. At long last, however, Kelly Ripa has announced her new morning talk show counterpart, and it's a name we're all very familiar with hearing in connection with the hosting world: former American Idol ringleader Ryan Seacrest.
With a resume that's looking to be longer than the careers of the musicians that he helped usher into fame on Idol, Ryan Seacrest has officially been tapped to take the permanent co-hosting spot alongside stalwart host Kelly Ripa, who first joined the morning hit back in 2001 as Kathie Lee Gifford's replacement next to Regis Philbin. The big announcement was made today on the show itself, after Ripa and others began teasing the new addition via social media, and the crowd understandably went kind of nuts whenever Seacrest walked out and joined her on stage.
A gig that was rumored for everyone from CNN fave Anderson Cooper to Wonder Years vet Fred Savage, Live with Kelly!'s second banana spot was as highly sought out as anything else in the morning entertainment world, since it likely means having a job for as many years as one can handle it, and there are few out there so perfectly suited for repeated hosting and interviewing duties than Seacrest. Especially since he's popped in as a Live with Kelly! guest host on four different occasions since Michael Strahan left, and that's not counting the times he appeared before all that.
Ryan Seacrest has been taking viewers into the new year as the host of Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve specials, along with frequent appearances on other shows like Entertainment Tonight and Ellen. Also big on the producer side of things, Seacrest has been behind bringing American Idol back to TV in some form already, and that could make for some problems with this new permanent job.
As fans are well aware, you can find the newly named Live with Kelly and Ryan! every weekday morning on ABC, though you'll have to check your local listings to see the time. And while waiting to see how things will go moving forward, head to our summer TV schedule to check out everything debuting and returning on the small screen in the near future.