Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest are already feuding like two television divas. In fact, new reports indicate that Kelly and Ryan are having a major power struggle on the set of their morning television show, ‘Kelly and Ryan Live!’
It’s only been one hot minute since Ryan Seacrest was announced as Kelly Ripa’s new co-host. Kelly waited one long year before she found someone who was good enough to replace her former co-host, Michael Strahan. And by picking someone like Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Ripa made it seem like she was playing it safe: he’s got the experience, the personality and enough name recognition to pull television audiences in. But it looks like they might already be struggling for power behind the scenes.
One of the reasons why Kelly is feeling upset is because there’s a good chance that Ryan Seacrest might be pulling double duty by hosting ‘Live!’ and the new reboot of ‘American Idol.’ One source close to the situation told Page Six, “She doesn’t want a repeat of the Michael Strahan situation. It’s like ABC is once again diluting the attention on ‘Live.’ She wants to make sure her show is Ryan’s first priority, not ‘Idol.’”
So far Ryan hasn’t said anything about possibly hosting ‘American Idol’ again, but Kelly is still worried. Plus, she’s dealt with all of this before. Kelly was absolutely blindsided when she found out that Michael Strahan was leaving their show for a better position with ‘Good Morning America.’
If Ryan does end up taking the new ‘American Idol’ hosting gig, there’s no way he’ll be able to continue filming ‘Live!’ That’s because producers want ‘American Idol’ to be filmed at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. ‘Live!’ tapes Monday through Thursdays in New York City and Ryan lives full-time in Los Angeles, California.
There’s no way he’ll be able to travel to all three locations on a weekly basis. Sooner or later he’ll have to drop something, and Kelly is worried that it might be his hosting duties on ‘Live.’
There’s a good possibility that Kelly Ripa brought on Ryan Seacrest because she was hoping that he would help boost the show’s ratings. If he can’t do the job, Kelly knows she’ll be in trouble. It will probably take her another year to find another co-host.
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