Kelly Ripa to announce her new 'Live with Kelly' co-host

Sources told Variety that Ripa's co-host will not be from most frequent guest hosts who appeared for almost a year.

Ripa shared a video of herself sipping from a Live with Kelly mug with a question mark drawn on it, saying, "Tune in tomorrow". Her search for a new co-host has left fans wondering who she was going to choose.

It's been nearly a year since Ripa bid farewell to former co-host Michael Strahan last May, after the 45-year-old former National Football League star left to take a full-time gig on Good Morning America.

"It's good timing for me because it's my 21st wedding anniversary, the same day we are announcing our new co-host", she added. Nonetheless, Miz Ripa was in no rush to find Michael's replacement as she had a slew of A-list guest cohosts for about a year - including Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, Jimmy Kimmel, Neil Patrick Harris, Dwyane Wade, and others. Seacrest filled in as guest co-host several times over the a year ago, along with numerous other celebrities.

On Monday, Ripa officially named Ryan Seacrest as her co-host, to much applause from her live studio audience.


It's official- Ryan Seacrest is joining Kelly Ripa on the desk at "Live". "Kelly realized her issue wasn't really with Michael, but the network", a source said.

"Ryan is a quintessential broadcaster and at the top of his game", said Ripa in a statement.

The move comes a year after the Seacrest-hosted "American Idol" aired its final episode.

She's had dozens of co-hosts fill in since. His most recent stint on the show came on February 27 with "Live's" annual post-Oscars edition. It's no wonder why Ripa calls it "a very lucky day". He has a home in Manhattan and will be moving to The Big Apple, CNN reported. The 42-year-old TV personality also hosts ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve special every year.

Representatives for ABC and Ripa were not immediately available for comment.

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