|Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest on the set of Live with Kelly and Ryan. (ABC)|
TVAfter years with Regis and few less with Michael, Kelly has a new partner in crime. “A new era in daytime television began today when Kelly Ripa introduced the permanent co-host joining her on the top-rated, Emmy-winning Live franchise: veteran broadcaster Ryan Seacrest is the new co-host of the newly re-christened Live with Kelly and Ryan,” announced ABC today. Today was Seacrest’s first day on the job (as if he had nothing else to do with his time) and Chris Pratt was the couple’s first guest on the show.
While you may not care, others really do. Live is currently daytime’s longest-running #1 entertainment talk show which began in 1988 with Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford. Kelly took over Gifford’s chair when she stepped down in 2000 and hasn’t looked back since. Regis left his throne in 2011 and after an extensive search, was replaced with Michael Strahan which appeared to be a great fit, but when Strahan took a deal to become a regular on Good Morning America instead (without discussing the situation with Kelly) the two’s friendship became strained. But that was then and this now and Kelly couldn’t be happier with her new co-host.
"Ryan is a quintessential broadcaster and at the top of his game," said Ripa. "I am thrilled to start my mornings with him every day, and we are so fortunate at Live to have him join the family." She added, "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."
Not surprisingly, Ryan is just as thrilled with the decision to climb aboard. "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," said Seacrest.
|Chis Pratt, Ripa and the too-short-for-his-chair, Seacrest.|
“With Ryan, Live has a new co-host who is a master of live TV, as well as a terrific interviewer with tens of thousands of hours of live broadcasting experience,” said Michael Gelman, executive producer of Live. “When you combine those attributes with the talents and experience of the incomparable Kelly Ripa, you have two skilled and entertaining broadcasters with great chemistry. Add in an experienced production team and a successful 30-year franchise, and you have the perfect combination.”
The first appeared to go over without a hitch, but the studio might want to re-think the host's chairs. Poor Ryan looks like a little kid dangling on his chair