Kelly Rippa and Ryan Seacrest

Kelly Rippa and Ryan Seacrest

Welp it’s official. Ryan Seacrest is Kelly Rippa’s new co-host! The show now called Kelly and Ryan.

Ripa and Seacrest announced the surprise choice at the start of Monday’s edition of the show, which Ripa has hosted since early 2001. Seacrest’s move into the seat next to Ripa comes nearly a year after Ripa’s former co-host, Michael Strahan, left the Disney-distributed show for an anchor slot on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Seacrest’s move to “Live” comes a year after the curtain fell on the show that made him a household name, Fox’s “American Idol.” He’s also a busy producer of scripted and unscripted TV series, notably E’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and its many spinoffs, Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset” and the NBC drama series “Shades of Blue,” toplined by Jennifer Lopez.

The move gives Seacrest, the multi-hyphenate host and entrepreneur, another big media platform. The host will relocate from Los Angeles to New York for the “Live” gig but will continue to host his syndicated daily drive-time radio show for L.A.’s KIIS-FM and the weekly “American Top 40” radio program. The plan is to build a radio studio for Seacrest at WABC-TV New York, where “Live” originates.

We love Ryan. He clearly has the media game on lock and is definietly a blueprint for other media moguls out there. Make sure to tune in to Kelly and Ryan weekday mornings at 9am EST on ABC!