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Ryan Seacrest is Kelly Ripa's new co-host on 'Live'

Ryan Seacrest is Kelly Ripa's new co-host on 'Live'

Disney-ABC has hired Ryan Seacrest to be Kelly Ripa’s co-host on its syndicated talk show “Live” as it prepares to go head-to-head with NBC’s new daytime program with Megyn Kelly.

After a year of guest co-hosts, Ripa introduced Seacrest in his new role on Monday's program, where he took his place beside her on the set. The show has been renamed "Live with Kelly and Ryan."

Seacrest, 42, brings major star power to “Live,” having hosted the full run of singing competition “American Idol,” which for years was a prime-time ratings juggernaut. Disney-ABC is paying Seacrest far more than what it would have cost to get one of the other names that were mentioned as a possible...

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