Ryan Seacrest joins Kelly Ripa on 'Live'

After Ripa introduced Seacrest Monday, speculation bubbled that Kelly's show might sidestep a Kelly-Kelly ratings battle by running at 10.

Ryan Seacrest has been named co-host on Live With Kelly, sharing the stage with Kelly Ripa. Seacrest also brings his 20 million-plus followers on social media, and both hosts will help guide the show as executive producers.

Megyn Kelly's upcoming morning program at NBC has been given the 9 a.m. time slot, a network spokesperson confirmed to ET. Live is no longer Live with Kelly; now it is Live with Kelly and Ryan as former American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has taken the job. He'll maintain his position hosting ABC's "New Year's Rockin' Eve" at the end of the year as well.

When Michael Strahan left Live with Kelly and Michael over a year ago, it was nothing if not controversial.

Seacrest beat out a variety of contenders for Ripa's co-host seat, including Joel McHale, Keegan-Michael Key, Michael Bublé, Jussie Smollett, Jerry O'Connell, Nick Lachey and Christian Slater.

After making his big entrance, Seacrest said he's ready for a "busy year".

"Part of what makes this show so special is through helping us out, they all became family and they are a part of the "Live" family forever", Ripa said of the guest co-hosts.

But Ripa's made it official, telling Deadline, "Ryan is a quintessential broadcaster and at the top of his game". "His tremendous success is only matched by his impeccable reputation". He had a relatively low-key welcome as he and Ripa bantered about Seacrest's upcoming move to NY and about the reaction from his close friends when he texted them that he had "great news". "Plainly said, everyone loves him, and so will our daily viewers".

Live is based in New York City.

Ripa was reportedly blindsided by the news with Strahan only telling her half an hour before the news leaked in the press.

Kelly Ripa ("Live with Kelly") didn't win her Daytime Emmy nomination for Best Entertainment Talk Show Host on Sunday night, but she'll have company when she tries again in 2018.

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