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Pictured: There's no escaping Ryan Seacrest.
Ripa, who has been on Live! since 2001, teased her big announcement on social media Sunday night. The former soap star held up a coffee mug that read “Live with Kelly & ?" and told fans to "tune in tomorrow."
"We’re going to need a bigger mug," she captioned the video.
Seacrest's hiring isn't a huge surprise. He's served as a Live! guest co-host five times, and, like Strahan, has that sort of "media everyman" vibe that should serve the show well.
It makes sense to bring Seacrest on board — so much sense, in fact, that it's disappointingly predictable. Live! had the opportunity to put a female or another person of color — or hell, literally anyone else who is less overexposed — in the second chair, but went with the most conventional choice instead. What else is new?
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