Ryan Seacrest is Kelly Ripa’s new co-host on ‘Live’

Ryan Seacrest will join

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • According to a source, the ABC building that houses “Live” will also have a new radio studio for Seacrest.
  • Seacrest is already in business with ABC as the host of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on New Year’s Eve.
  • Representatives for Ripa, Seacrest and ABC either declined to comment or did not respond to requests for comment ahead of the official announcement on Monday.

The decision jump-starts a new era in the morning TV race.
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