Kelly Ripa announces Ryan Seacrest as her new 'Live' co-host

After a year-long search “Live! with Kelly” has found its permanent replacement for Michael Strahan

The Los Angeles-based Seacrest will move to NY but will continue to host and executive produce "On Air with Ryan Seacrest", his nationally syndicated Los Angeles morning show, as well as his syndicated Top 40 show. Seacrest said as he joined Ripa.

With many great contenders, including her own husband Mark Consuelous, Ripa has announced her new co-host is the multi-talented entertainment business mogul Ryan Seacrest! In recent years, he has handled ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve", where he covers the ball drop in Times Square.

Seacrest will continue to lead his nationally syndicated radio shows for iHeartMedia.

Since then, Ripa has had a revolving door of celebrity fill-in co-hosts - from Bravo's Andy Cohen and CNN's Anderson Cooper to ABC's Jimmy Kimmel and Cedric the Entertainer.

Ripa took to Twitter to announce the news as well.

According to Nielsen data, "Live with Kelly and Ryan", as it will now be known, delivered a 3.1 household rating, the show's best delivery in that measurement since its post-Oscar show in February. Those rocky times are far behind everyone, as Ryan Seacrest has been named to the co-hosting chair. His tremendous success is only matched by his impeccable reputation. The longtime host took the time to thank everyone involved in the search process, especially all the guest co-hosts who sat beside her.

Ryan, who has previously contributed to NBC's Today and the network's Olympics coverage, will move to NY to take up his new post.

Ryan Seacrest is the new permanent co-host of Kelly Ripa on her daily morning show. Seacrest will still host his radio talk shows, and that the building that "Live" originates from will also have a studio built for Seacrest's radio show.

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