Kelly Ripa Has Found Her New Sidekick - Ryan Seacrest

The announcement was made Monday morning.

Ryan Seacrest will officially be joining Kelly Ripa for a daily dose of coffee and entertainment as her permanent Live co-host, Ripa announced Monday morning.

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"Today, the next chapter, of the Live story is about to be written," she said at the top of the show. "Today, my new co-host will officially be joining me on Live and today is a very good day."

Ripa took to Twitter to announce the news as well. 

The Seacrest is out! @RyanSeacrest #KellyAndRyan #LiveKellyRyan

— Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa) May 1, 2017

Our #LiveKellyCohost @RyanSeacrest!!! Welcome to the family! #KellyandRyan #RyanSeacrest #seacrest #TuneinToLive

— LIVE with Kelly (@LiveKelly) May 1, 2017

The news of the former American Idol host joining Ripa comes more than a year of searching for a new co-star following the dramatic exit of Michael Strahan last April.

The former New York Giants star left Ripa to become a Good Morning America fixture.

Seacrest said he was “so happy” to be joining the long-running daytime talk show that began in 1988 with Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford.

Since Strahan’s departure, Ripa has been either hosting the show solo or with special fill-ins like Fred Savage, Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, and Jerry O’Connell. She thanked them for their help and time Monday morning as well.

"Part of what makes this show so special is through helping us out, [the guest hosts] all became family and they are a part of the Live family forever,” she said.

Seacrest, who is based in Los Angeles and hosts a daily radio show, will move to New York and keep his company on the West Coast. He will also transition his radio program to the Big Apple as well.

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The new co-host has also signed on as executive producer of Live.

"Ryan is a quintessential broadcaster and at the top of his game. I am thrilled to start my mornings with him every day, and we are so fortunate at Live to have him join the family," Ripa said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "Ryan is a close friend and his star shines as brightly off camera as it does on. His tremendous success is only matched by his impeccable reputation. Plainly said, everyone loves him, and so will our daily viewers."

Seacrest added in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter: “Not only is Kelly Ripa one of the most talented live hosts in broadcast TV; she’s also become a very dear friend to me over the years. It’s consistently been my privilege and pleasure to work alongside Kelly with all her incredible talents, charm and humor — whether hosting the Disney Christmas Day Parade special with her a decade ago or guest co-hosting alongside her on Live, it’s always just been easy and fun to share a set with her, and we have a blast."

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