Ryan Seacrest joined “Live” as Kelly Ripa‘s new co-host on Monday. “Today, the next chapter of the ‘Live’ story is about to be written,” Ripa said.
She graciously thanked all of the temporary co-hosts who filled in during the search, “They are a part of the ‘Live’ family forever.”
“So happy,” Seacrest said as he hugged Ripa before the audience. “So exciting.”
Seacrest has co-hosted “Live” five times as a guest since ABC began the search for Michael Strahan’s replacement one year ago.
The former host of “American Idol” will be an executive producer of the production — giving him as much control over the show as Ripa possess.
On Monday, Ripa also posted the big “Seacrest” on Twitter to her 1.6 million followers, with a video snippet of their first official show as co-hosts.
— Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa) May 1, 2017
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