Kelly Ripa Picks Ryan Seacrest as Live Co-Host: Report

Kelly Ripa has picked Ryan Seacrest to co-host Live!, according to CNN’s Brian Stelter.

After months of speculation, the Live with Kelly host is set to announce on Monday morning that Ryan Seacrest will be holding adult a chair subsequent to her on a renouned morning program, CNN reports, citing mixed sources.

Since former co-host Michael Strahan, 45, announced final May that he was leaving his Live post to turn a full-time co-anchor on Good Morning America, Ripa, 46, has welcomed mixed A-list faces to a uncover as guest co-hosts, including Jimmy Kimmel, Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, Jussie Smollett, Neil Patrick Harris and Dwyane Wade.


In June, PEOPLE reported that a hunt for a permanent position was narrowed down to 8 contenders, and in October, a warn contender assimilated a competition when teacher Richard Curtis wowed Live fans with his attract and poise, notwithstanding not carrying a career in a party industry. Curtis finished adult scoring an entice for a return ticket to serve as Ripa’s co-pilot.

In September, sources told PEOPLE Ripa remained “committed” to anticipating a new co-host, all in due time, though wasn’t going to be “rushed, and so she is happy to take her time to make certain that a chemistry is right.”

As for Seacrest, he’s no foreigner to hosting duties. From American Idol to New Year’s Rockin’ Eve to his strike radio uncover On Air with Ryan Seacrest, a 42-year-old has finished it all. And he’s been no foreigner to Live’s guest co-hosting chair as he sat by Ripa’s side mixed times via her search.

Live with Kelly airs weekdays (check internal listings).

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