“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 told us.
On Tuesday, ABC announced it was reviving the hit talent-competition show a year after it completed a successful 15-season run on Fox.
The network has yet to announce Seacrest as the host. A source close to the media mogul said he’s still mulling it over. And although Seacrest played dumb about the “Idol” announcement on-air, insiders say the gig is a big part of his deal.
Sources have told Page Six it’s been a rough week for Ripa, but others insist she’s “100-percent onboard” with Seacrest and “Idol.”
“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,” an insider said.
Another insider said “Idol” will air Sunday nights to accommodate Seacrest’s schedule, which also includes hosting his daily radio show on KIIS 102.7 FM in Los Angeles.