Ryan Seacrest Was Just Named The Permanent Co-host Of ‘Live With Kelly’

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Ryan Seacrest just got a brand new job.

According to CNN, Kelly Ripa has named the 42-year-old former “American Idol” host as her permanent co-host for “Live with Kelly.” The show has been searching for a co-host since Michael Strahan abruptly left the show last year for a spot on “Good Morning America.”

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Seacrest has co-hosted the show five times during that search period, which has now come to an end.

Last May, Ripa disappeared for several days after she said she was blindsided by executives when she found out about Strahan’s departure from the show just hours before the rest of the world did. Though the two were co-hosts for four years, Strahan later said the way things ended at “Live” changed their relationship for good.

“At one point I think we were friends,” Strahan said during an interview with People magazine published Wednesday. “I don’t know what happened at the end. I learned a lot from her, though.”

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