She’s upset about ABC acquiring American Idol— after Ryan Seacrest accepted the job as her new Live co-host.
“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, ” a source said.
The network will likely announce that Ryan is the host of the talent show, although a source says he’s still “mulling it over.” It would require Ryan to fly weekly to the West Coast to host.
“This isn’t some spur-of-the-moment deal. It’s a part of his move to ABC,” said the source. “It’s a no-brainer. He took the job for Idol and to host Live. It’s the only way ABC could pay him enough money to come over. They’ll have to announce it before upfronts.”
Ryan’s rep said he’s only in conversations with the network and hasn’t yet accepted the Idol deal.
“That’s untrue. He does not have a deal with Idol, He’s in conversations. His Live deal was made independent of any Idol discussions. His priority is Live With Kelly and Ryan and his radio show.”
Another source says Kelly has been aware of the Idol possibility but still wanted Ryan as co-host.
“Kelly is in the loop. She had approval over the co-host, so Ryan was her first choice. It was a very calculated decision by the network and by her. Everyone is thrilled. They’ve known each other 15 years. They really are friends,” said the source.
An ABC spokesperson added, “Everything is categorically not true."
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