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Ryan Seacrest named Kelly Ripa's co-host on 'Live'

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Kelly Ripa began co-hosting “Live” with Regis Philbin in 2001. That partnership lasted until late 2011. Michael Strahan who was named permanent co-host in 2012 left the show in 2016

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!

Kelly made the announcement herself on the show. Sources said Hall ceremoniously left the Today show after being iced out by "more valuable" Megyn Kelly. "Today my new co-host will officially be joining me on Live, and today is a very good day".

According to reports, Seacrest will be moving to NY for the new job.

Other candidates for the job included Jerry O'Connell, Fred Savage, Anderson Cooper and John Leguizamo.

The two new co-hosts meet with one of their first guests on "Live with Kelly & Ryan." ABC.

On Monday's episode, Kelly revealed that Ryan Seacrest will be at her side going forward.

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Kelly Ripa has found her new Live! co-captain - after almost a year of flying solo, she's landed on Ryan Seacrest as her new partner in crime, according to CNN.

Since his departure, Ripa has had a revolving chair of co-hosts vying for the job.

Ripa took to Twitter to announce the news as well.

"Tune in tomorrow", Ripa said after taking a sip. He has appeared as a guest co-host numerous times in recent years. Since that time, Ripa has had any number of temporary cohosts including Seacrest, who took over the seat several times. Seacrest will continue to work with E!, filling in as host for Red Carpet events.

Pennsylvania high school teacher Richard Curtis, who co-hosted the show a couple times after winning a contest, also gave a shout-out to Seacrest, while teasing that he's "available to fill in" during his school's summer break.

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.

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