Kelly Ripa Tells Ryan Seacrest He Has to Host 'Idol' Reboot

Recently, American Idol's longtime host Ryan Seacrest signed on to be Kelly Ripa's new co-host on Live with Kelly, after Michael Strahan's surprise departure past year.

Deadline reports that ABC is close to finalizing a deal on an "American Idol" reboot.

Still, given his packed schedule, filming Live in NY in the mornings, along with his radio show, Seacret was hesitant to verbally commit to his Idol gig.

ABC is reportedly planning a March 2018 premier date for the show.

Seacrest didn't confirm his return to Idol as host, as his schedule is hectic filming the New York-based talk show in the morning, as well as his morning radio show. "I don't know if I can host it..." News alum said. "We haven't gotten that far. Do you know the preparation I have to do for this show ['Live'] every night?" I had said at the end of the series 'Goodbye for now, ' hoping somewhere it would come back and it was rumoured to be going back to other networks. This was news to me, actually, last week.

Ryan Seacrest May Very Well Host American Idol Again

"I don't know if I can host it", Seacrest hedged.

Speaking on the talk show on Monday (08.05.17) morning, Kelly questioned upon hearing the reboot rumours: "I think this has to happen. On the days where it is the day after, you won't even have to think, I will do it all!"

American Idol first launched on FOX back in 2002 and ran for 15 seasons when it said "so long for now" with its series finale in 2016. Also on ABC, Live! will keep Seacrest in NY which may cause problems with hosting Idol which has always filmed in Los Angeles.

Since Seacrest just signed on to LIVE! and inked a $73-million iHeart Radio deal, he's offering LIVE! guests double the bang for their buck to keep them away from his rival.

On Sunday, the official American Idol Twitter account tweeted, "Happy #Sunday".

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