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Ryan Seacrest Named Permanent Co-Host Opposite Kelly Ripa on “Live”
Ryan Seacrest has inherited the chair opposite Kelly Ripa on Disney-ABC’s newly re-christened “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” Beginning with today’s inaugural broadcast, Seacrest joins Ripa as co-host and a fellow executive producer on the veteran syndicated morning talk show.
“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,”said Seacrest. “I’ve been so fortunate in my career to be a part of some incredible TV programs, and I’m excited to join daytime’s top entertainment talk show, and most important, I couldn’t think of anyone I’d rather share this new chapter with than Kelly Ripa – she’s a dream broadcast partner, and I can’t wait to start.”
Seacrest will make the move to New York immediately to begin his co-hosting duties, and will continue hosting and executive producing “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” nationally syndicated LA morning drive-time radio show for iHeartMedia’s 102.7 KIIS-FM, as well as a nationally syndicated Top 40 radio show. New York’s ABC7, home of “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” will house a brand-new iHeartRadio studio for Seacrest’s New York City location.
Seacrest replaces Michael Strahan, who exited last May and is now a co-anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
2017 Daytime Emmy Awards: And the Winners Were…
ABC’s veteran “General Hospital” took home four Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, at the ceremony hosted by Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California last night. Steve Harvey won two trophies, for Outstanding Game Show Host (“Family Feud”) and Outstanding Talk Show/Informative Host (“The Steve Harvey Show”). The women of CBS’ “The Talk” were named Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Hosts, while “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Dr. Oz,” both in syndication, were cited for Outstanding Talk/Entertainment and Outstanding Talk/Informative, respectively. Ellen’s victory came 20 years to the day of her famous coming out on ABC sitcom “Ellen.”
“Jeopardy!,” meanwhile, was named Outstanding Game Show and “The Bold and the Beautiful‘s” Scott Clifton made Daytime Emmy history by winning Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and becoming the first actor to have won awards throughout his career in the Younger Actor, Supporting Actor and Lead Actor categories.
For the complete listing of winners, click here
British comedian Tommy Maitland has been named host of the upcoming revival of ABC’s “The Gong Show,” which premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 p.m. ET. Executive produced by Will Arnett, each episode will “celebrate” unusually talented and unique performers on a primetime stage. A revolving panel of judges praise, critique and gong contestants in one of TV’s all-time great variety shows.
Cable Upfront Recaps at PromaxBDA:
-BET Announces New Series from Kevin Hart, Chris Rock and Steve Harvey – Click here
-TV One Looks to “Represent” the African American Community – Click here
–Freeform Prepares for Life Without “Pretty Little Liars” – Click here
–More Scripted Programming on Tap at Nat Geo – Click here
-Pop Targets “Modern Grown Ups” with New Slate – Click here
-Discovery Turns Its Focus to Digital – Click here
-Lifestyle Matters, According to Scripps – Click here
-Nickelodeon Touts 700 Hours of Original New and Returning Programming – Click here
Bill O’Reilly and Syndication: A Match Made in Desperation: Click here
The Value of Social Media in Upfront Season: Click here