Kelly Ripa has finally settled on a new co-host.
Kelly broke the news to her fans when she took to Twitter on Sunday (30.04.17) to share a video of herself drinking from a 'Live!' branded mug with a question mark drawn on it. We mean, Seacrest was even tapped several times to sit by Ripa's side while she searched for the right copilot.
Some of Ripa's most frequent guests have included Fred Savage, Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, Jimmy Kimmel and Jerry O'Connell, and they were all considered to be in the running to be named her co-host.
Ripa has co-hosted the show since February 2001, following longtime co-host Kathie Lee Gifford's departure the year before.
After taking a big, long sip from the mug, Ripa said, "Tune in tomorrow".
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"Live" airs weekdays at 9 a.m. ET on ABC. Last December, Ripa said there had been an "outpouring of interest" from candidates, but emphasized there was no timetable to fill the seat.
Seacrest added: "I also want to genuinely thank Bob Iger, Ben Sherwood, Rebecca Campbell, Dave Davis, Janice Marinelli, and of course Michael Gelman, who all have been incredibly supportive in making this new chapter happen for me". Seacrest lives in Los Angeles, but he has a home in Manhattan, and he's moving to NY to start the new job.
At least 65 temporary co-hosts appeared alongside Ripa on the show. The plan is to build a radio studio for Seacrest at WABC-TV New York, where "Live" originates.
Strahan left to be an anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America" last May.
Others have their fingers crossed that Miss Hall, who was more or less dumped from "TODAY", will be picked to be Ripa's new co-chair. Strahan told her about the move barely half an hour before the news leaked in the press.