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05/01/2017 09:07 am ET Updated May 01, 2017

Ryan Seacrest Officially Joins Kelly Ripa As Co-Host Of 'Live'

We've been waiting for this moment since Michael Strahan announced his departure over a year ago.

Last April, “Live” co-host Michael Strahan announced he was leaving the show to join “Good Morning America.” There was some controversy, as Kelly Ripa was allegedly blindsided by his decision to move on. 

But now, almost a year since Strahan’s final show, Ripa has a new sidekick ― and he’s a fan favorite.

On Monday, Ripa officially named Ryan Seacrest as her co-host, to much applause from her live studio audience. 

“So happy, so excited,” Seacrest said, while hugging Ripa. 

Seacrest’s latest gig comes a year after he wrapped up his 15-year run with “American Idol.” According to CNN, he will still host red carpet specials on NBCUniversal’s E! Network and lead his nationally syndicated radio shows for iHeartMedia. Seacrest has already worked with ABC as the host of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”

Aside from his partnership with E!, Seacrest has a past with time-slot competitor NBC, as he also worked the Olympics this past summer.

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Ripa and the “Live” team initially teased the big announcement on Sunday, with Ripa posting a video to Instagram, writing, “We’re going to need a bigger mug. #TuneInToLive #BigAnnouncement #LiveKellyCohost.”

We're going to need a bigger mug. #TuneInToLive #BigAnnouncement #LiveKellyCohost

A post shared by Kelly Ripa (@kellyripa) on

The show’s Instagram page also used to the opportunity to get fans hyped up: 

#TuneInToLive MONDAY #BigAnnouncement #LiveKellyCohost

A post shared by LIVE with Kelly (@livekelly) on

Other candidates for the job included Jerry O’Connell, Fred Savage, Anderson Cooper and John Leguizamo. 

Here’s hoping Kelly and Ryan have a great run together! 

“Live” airs weekdays at 9 a.m. ET on ABC. 

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