The 42-year-old TV personality is actually moving from LA to NYC during the week for the big gig! “I think [there’s] nothing really daunting about it,” Ryan, 42, told reporters on Monday, May 1 after the big announcement, according to People. “I think just, for me, you know, I’m shifting my life to be on another coast, and I did that 12 hours ago — so I’m still trying to figure out what my address is!”
Kelly quipped back, “I keep saying winter’s going to be the most daunting part,” adding that she’s going to just let those cold months do the hazing for her.
Kelly announced Ryan would be joining the series this morning during the talk show. “Today, the next chapter of the Live story is about to be written,” she said on air.
The big news comes after a year-long search following Michael Strahan’s departure from the series. And after day one, things are already going great! “Oh, I mean 100 out of 10,” Kelly gushed of Ryan’s first performance. “He’s a seamless, seamless broadcaster. There is nobody better. There is nobody that understands what 30 seconds of conversation actually means in real time like Ryan does, and so he makes everything easy — it’s like a vacation with him.”
Check out the gallery to see all the stars previously in the running to replace Michael on Live!