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Gossip: Kelly Ripa Did Not Want To Hire Ryan Seacrest As Cohost; Janet Jackson’s Billionaire Ex Wants Her Back

Maybe Michael Strahan was in such a rush to get away from Kelly Ripa, he didn’t realize how much extra money he was running from. Now, Kelly 
is laughing all the way to the bank!

Kelly Ripa shocked fans with her ecstatic announcement on Monday that Ryan Seacrest was signing on as the long-awaited cohost of her hit morning show, Live!

But RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal that the 46-year-old’s big smile was all a front, as the A-list host and producer, 42, was NOT her first choice.

The decision to hire Seacrest was “ultimately [ABC president] Ben Sherwood’s call,” a well-connected network insider revealed.

Meanwhile, the difficult Ripa “preferred someone less well-known.”

“She wanted someone that she could boss around, and that isn’t Ryan,” the source continued. “He’s as big of a star as she is!”

As fans know, Ripa has been hosting the popular ABC show solo for about a year — since her former cohost, Michael Strahan, infamously quit last April and left the mother of three in a rage.

Janet Jackson’s Billionaire Ex Wants Her Back

Back on? Just weeks after splitting, insiders say Janet Jackson’s billionaire ex WANTS HER BACK! Will they get back together?

“He will do anything to get her back,” sources tell NAUGHTY GOSSIP. “This is a huge intake. Janet does not seem to be interested but he is refusing to give up.”

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