Ripa and Seacrest have been close friends since 2005 when the pair began a four-year gig co-hosting the Walt Disney Christmas Parade together and have since developed a strong chemistry on and off the air.
“Ryan is a quintessential broadcaster and at the top of his game,” Ripa said. “I am thrilled to start my mornings with him every day, and we are so fortunate at 'Live' to have him join the family.”
“Ryan is a close friend and his star shines as brightly off camera as it does on. His tremendous success is only matched by his impeccable reputation. Plainly said, everyone loves him, and so will our daily viewers.”
The very excited Seacrest had some nice words to share about his new co-host as well.
“Not only is Kelly Ripa one of the most talented live hosts in broadcast TV; she's also become a very dear friend to me over the years. It's consistently been my privilege and pleasure to work alongside Kelly with all her incredible talents, charm and humor – whether hosting the Disney Christmas Day Parade special with her a decade ago or guest co-hosting alongside her on 'Live,' it's always just been easy and fun to share a set with her, and we have a blast.”
Ripa has a significant say in who would be selected as her permanent co-host in wake of ABC's mishandling of Strahan's departure. After Ripa publically shared her feelings about finding out that her co-host was leaving 'Live' for 'Good Morning America' only minutes before viewers, Ripa was promoted to executive producer in her latest deal.
Seacrest has lived in Los Angeles for the majority of his career overseeing a producing company and hosting a local and nationally syndicated daily radio show. Although Ryan Seacrest Productions and Ryan Seacrest Enterprises will stay in Los Angeles, the busy host will relocate to New York, where he will continue his radio work. He will also continue hosting “E!'s Live on the Red Carpet” specials for the Oscars, Grammys and Golden Globes, as well as ABC's “New Year's Rockin' Eve.”