Kelly Ripa's previous 'Live!' co-hosts react to her choosing Ryan Seacrest


Kelly Ripa's previous, temporary co-hosts on "Live!" took to social media this week to react to the news that Ryan Seacrest had snagged the permanent co-host gig.

Viewers and insiders had been curious who Ripa and her crew would choose the permanent seat previously held by Michael Strahan ever since he left the show almost exactly a year ago. Ripa had brought on more than a handful of women and men to temporarily co-host the show with her, and there were a few rumored names to be frontrunners for the permanent position.

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Jerry O'Connell was one of those rumored to be heavily considered for the role, and he took to Twitter on Monday to congratulate Seacrest on the news.

See photos of the people who were in contention for the spot:

"Congrats to my old friends @RyanSeacrest and @KellyRipa and even Gelman! Ha," he tweeted. "Love you all @LiveKelly"

Ripa's best friends, Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper, who had also served as temporary co-hosts, took to Twitter to also congratulate the former "American Idol" host on his new position.

"Mazel @RyanSeacrest," Andy Cohen wrote, while Cooper said, "Congratulations @RyanSeacrest, you get to join the best person i know, @KellyRipa every day! Can't wait to watch!"

Another one of Ripa's former temporary co-hosts could become her future ratings rival, too. Earlier this week, sources revealed that Megyn Kelly's upcoming NBC morning show will air at 9 a.m., the same time slot as Ripa's long-running "Live!"

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