Seacrest is relocating to New York, where he'll maintain his radio presence. - From The Hollywood Reporter
In addition to co-hosting what will be re-titled Live with Kelly and Ryan, Seacrest will become an executive producer on the long-running daytime series.
Ultimately, the Live with Kelly opportunity offered him the chance to be part of a top-rated live daytime show, without the increasingly Herculean task of having to launch one from scratch.
She was not shy about her frustration, initially boycotting the show before returning with a mix of humor and candor about the circumstances she found herself in.
ABC is believed to have weighed considerably cheaper choices, including frequent guest hosts Fred Savage and Jerry O’Connell, but Seacrest offered what the others didn't: a significantly higher profile, a 20 million-plus social media following, decades of experience with live broadcasting and, perhaps most of all, Ripa’s support.
Seacrest's other efforts, including the series he produces (Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Shades of Blues), his fashion collection (Ryan Seacrest Distinction) and his entrepreneurial and philanthropic pursuits will continue unchanged.