For many years, there was a morning talk show called Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee. When Kathie Lee left the show, Kelly Ripa became Regis Philbin’s co-host, and the show’s name was changed to Live! with Regis and Kelly. After Regis retired, Kelly’s co-host became former NFL player Michael Strahan, and the show was called Live! with Kelly and Michael. Last year, Michael Strahan left the show, and a variety of people have filled in as co-host for short periods of time.
For quite some time, there had been some speculation about who would be Kelly Ripa’s new permanent co-host. The speculation played out a bit on social media over the last few days as it seemed like there was an announcement coming soon:
We’re going to need a bigger mug. #TuneInToLive #BigAnnouncement #LiveKellyCohost pic.twitter.com/QRKQ9S9NGn
— Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa) April 30, 2017
One of the headlines in the news today is that the new co-host of the Live! show has been selected. The new co-host is Ryan Seacrest, and I presume the show will officially be renamed Live! with Kelly and Ryan.
Based on Whois records, it looks like someone in New Jersey registered the LiveWithKellyAndRyan.com domain name on April 28, 2016 – over a year ago! If you visit that domain name right now, you can see a standard GoDaddy landing page, so it is unclear whether the registrant is affiliated with the television show. Disney owns the LiveWithKellyAndMichael.com domain name, which currently forwards to LiveKelly.com (the domain name used for the show’s website).
It will be interesting to see what happens with the domain name now that Ryan Seacrest has been announced as the show’s new co-host. If the domain owner was not affiliated with the show, it will be interesting to see what happens.