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New York City– Taking a full year to name a replacement for Michael Strahan beside Kelly Ripa on the morning chat show “Live” settled in a big method for manufacturers, who roped in Ryan Seacrest as co-host.
The former “American Idol” host debuted Monday on show, providing Ripa a marquee name to small talk with at when she is about to go head-to head with Megyn Kelly on NBC’s “Today” program. The stretch of visitor co-hosts dragged out so long that there were rumors Ripa was more thinking about going it alone than in finding a regular to join her.
That was never the case, said Michael Gelman, the show’s executive producer. However Seacrest probably would not have actually been available had the show moved more quickly, he said. Discussions with him about joining the program full-time begun after he co-hosted around the time of the Oscars, the 6th time Seacrest had actually filled that function, Gelman stated.
“He’s a master of live tv,” Gelman stated. “He’s done so numerous live and taped programs. He is actually a knowledgeable broadcaster. You put the two of them together and it’s a fantastic team.”
Seacrest, 42, is a hectic show-biz existence, hosting ABC’s New Year’s Eve show, red carpet coverage on E! Home entertainment and a day-to-day Los Angeles-based radio show. He has his own production business. However the ending of “American Idol” considered that program’s host less of a regular tv presence.
He’ll move to New York for the brand-new job, although he will continue his radio show.
Seacrest’s hiring is a coup for “Live” because manufacturers will not have to break in somebody new to the audience, said Bill Carroll, a veteran consultant and professional on the daytime tv market.
“It was unforeseen,” Carroll said. “I thought it would be someone we have no idea, and it turned out be someone we understand rather well.”
His hiring also provides “Live” a jump on NBC and Kelly, who NBC verified Monday will take control of the “Today” 9 a.m. slot in direct competitors with Ripa and Seacrest. Gelman stated this was not part of the show’s thinking. “We work separately with exactly what is best for our show,” he said.
It goes a long way to removing any tensions left from the Strahan departure. That was dealt with so improperly that Ripa avoided the show for two days in demonstration. The prolonged hold-up didn’t injure “Live” in the scores, reducing any pressure on manufacturers to move more promptly. Visitor co-hosts like Jerry O’Connell, Fred Savage and Andy Cohen took their turns next to Ripa.
“Nice to see you, partner,” Seacrest said as he strolled onto the New york city set of the program made well-known by Regis Philbin.
Seacrest and Ripa moved quickly into the rhythms of the early morning show, with a freewheeling discussion that included Ripa’s revelation of when she last had sex. Actor Chris Pratt was the very first guest, and he brought balloons and roses onstage to offer to the new broadcast team.
“Ryan is a friend and his star shines as vibrantly off electronic camera as it does on,” Ripa said. “His remarkable success is just matched by his impeccable reputation. Clearly stated, everybody enjoys him, and so will our everyday audiences.”