Kelly Ripa’s new ‘Live’ co-host is the most boring choice imaginable
Get ready for Live with Kelly and Zzzz…
Sorry, we just dozed off for a second there — Kelly Ripa has chosen Ryan
Zzzcrest Seacrest as her new permanent co-host, debuting the new Live with Kelly and Ryan more than a year after Michael Strahan announced he’d be leaving the top-rated morning show.
Seacrest has become ubiquitous at the TV hosting game since establishing himself with American Idol back in the early aughts, and his quest for world domination shows no signs of slowing down. Choosing a career TV host for a new hosting gig is pretty much the least controversial choice the Live team could’ve made, short of hiring the equally overworked Chris Hardwick.
Seacrest beat out the likes of Scott Wolf, Anderson Cooper, Jerry O’Connell and Fred Savage for the role, and there’s precedent here: In addition to being a frequent guest host alongside Ripa on Live, Seacrest and Ripa previously co-hosted several Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade specials for ABC between 2005-2009, alongside Ripa’s previous Live colleague, Regis Philbin.
Seacrest will move to New York immediately for the Live job, but if you’re a fan of his other hosting gigs, don’t despair — he’ll continue hosting and executive producing his LA morning drive-time radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest, for 102.7 KIIS-FM, as well as E!’s Live from the Red Carpet award shows, and ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.
Naturally, Twitter was quick to point out that Seacrest isn’t exactly in need of yet another job, but here we are.
If Ryan Seacrest gave up half of his jobs, he alone could fix the unemployment rate.
— Alexandra Fernandez (@FERNalicious) May 1, 2017
Republicans keep blaming immigrants when it’s really Ryan Seacrest taking all their jobs.
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) May 1, 2017
May we all chase our dreams the way Ryan Seacrest’s agent chases his ten percent
— Danielle Sepulveres (@ellesep) May 1, 2017
The unemployment rate is a direct result of the fact that Ryan Seacrest has 876,345 jobs.
— D🔥M (@DomPerinyon) May 1, 2017
Rumor is RYAN SEACREST is Kelly Ripa’s new cohost. Seacrest is singlehandedly taking jobs from hard-working co-hosts.
— 98 KCQ (@98fmKCQ) May 1, 2017
Ryan Seacrest will host his own funeral if you let him.
— Yung Garlic Knot (@fergnerduson) May 1, 2017
The Seacrest takeover is upon us.