The announcement comes nearly a year after the departure of Michael Strahan.

By Valentina Zarya
May 1, 2017

Kelly Ripa’s new Live co-host is already quite familiar to her viewers.

After teasing the announcement of a new partner in crime via Twitter Sunday afternoon, Ripa will name TV personality Ryan Seacrest as her co-host on her ABC show, CNN reports.

Seacrest has appeared on Live five times since Ripa’s former co-host Michael Strahan left the show last year to co-host Good Morning America, also on ABC.

Ripa and Michael Gelman, the executive producer of Live, reportedly weren’t told about Strahan’s plans to leave until just a few minutes before they were announced to the public, leading to a much-talked about dispute between Ripa and ABC. The day after the announcement, Ripa did not appear on Live, causing speculation that she was protesting the network’s parent company, Disney.

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Strahan had been Ripa’s co-host for four years until joining GMA in September. Ripa has been hosting Live for 15 years with a rotating roster of permanent and guest co-hosts, who have included stars like Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Kimmel, and Kim Kardashian West.

Seacrest will be Ripa’s third permanent co-host after Regis Philbin and Strahan.

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