Ryan Seacrest joins ABC as Kelly Ripa’s new co-host…and ABC gets American Idol, too

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It’s been a very busy week for ABC.

First came the announcement that Ryan Seacrest would take his seat alongside Kelly Ripa for “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”

Ripa officially broke the news live on air, launching the episode with a tantalizing tease.

“Today, the next chapter of the ‘Live’ story is about to be written,” she said. “Today, my new cohost will officially be joining me on ‘Live,’ and today is a very good day.”



Ripa thanked the many co-hosts who appeared on her show over the past year, many of whom were in the running for the permanent gig: Fred Savage, Joel McHale and Jerry O’Connell were seemingly frontrunners, while guest hosts like Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen were more of a far shot. Many fans thought that Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, might land the coveted co-host title.

The news comes more than a year after former co-host Michael Strahan unexpectedly left the show to join “Good Morning America” — and just about the same amount of time since Seacrest wrapped “American Idol,” which he hosted for fifteen years. Seacrest is also known for hosting E!’s Live on the Red Carpet, ABC’s New Year’s Rockin Eve, and radio show “On Air with Ryan Seacrest.”

Remember now that New Year’s Rockin Eve is on ABC, which makes a nice tie-in to Seacrest and ‘Live’.

And now it’s been reported that ABC has won the bidding for American Idol.  They outbid FOX for the show, and will announce the full details next week.  Talk is to begin the talent show again next March with possibly a Sunday airing to allow Seacrest to take the red-eye back to New York for his seat next to Kelly. Although, there would be the weekday flights back & forth for eliminations …unless, the show moves to New York City?

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This has already got tongues wagging over whether Kelly was blindsided again over the hire and the real reason he was brought on.

It’s also been reported that part of the lure to sign him was to build a studio for his radio work. He has big commitments to iHeartRadio daily and the syndicated radio show he does now. That studio would certainly keep that gig going, before heading to a NYC abode.

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Seacrest hasn’t commented on the new Idol possibilities, but the Los Angeles radio show host did say about Live, “It was easy for me to say I wanted to work with Kelly, but the complicated part was that I have a job – and jobs – on the West Coast. And this show is obviously live from the East Coast every day. So we had to figure out if this would really work. What are the logistics? That was really the big issue.

“We had a conversation about shooting in Los Angeles. It didn’t last long,” Seacrest said.

“I’ll be going back and forth, and doing everything that I have to do,” Seacrest said. “I have a home back in L.A. and my dog is there.”


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