Seacrest will continue to host the 21st season of American Idol, his radio show on KIIS-FM, and the annual “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve.” He said he also plans to open three more creative studios in pediatric hospitals across the country this summer to let pediatric patients explore their interest in media.
Fans who will miss Seacrest and Ripa’s banter can be assured he’s not gone forever. He said in Thursday’s episode that he plans to appear as a guest host on the morning talk show, adding, “You’re not getting rid of me.”
“Goodbyes are never easy, but we look forward to welcoming Ryan back regularly with open arms,” Michael Gelman, executive producer of the show, said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “As a fan-favorite guest host for years, Mark is no stranger to the ‘Live’ family. Having him join the show is so special for us and we’re sure that viewers will feel the same.”
This isn’t the first coanchor change for Ripa, who has hosted the show since 2001. She first cohosted with Regis Philbin, who left in 2011, and later with Michael Strahan, who left in 2016.
Ripa and Consuelos met in 1995 while costarring on the soap opera All My Children, and they reportedly eloped in Las Vegas the following year. The two share three children: Joaquin, 19, Lola, 21, and Michael, 25.
Consuelos is set to appear on Friday’s episode as a guest. Seacrest will continue to host through the end of this season.
“And congratulations to my brother Mark, feel free to remodel my dressing room!” Seacrest wrote.