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


However, we aren't sure yet whether Ryan will actually be working his way back to his Idol roots now that he's joined Kelly Ripa, 46, as her new Live! co-host.

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. I went into seclusion when American Idol was cancelled.

"Are you going to host is?"

"Well, I said, 'That's kind of good to know, since I work here, '" Seacrest told Ripa. You're my work wife! "I don't know if I can host it", he said.

'This was news to me last week. Towards the end of the bidding, Fox reportedly came on strong with a great offer to bring the acclaimed singing show back to its original network, but the deal was already signed with ABC on Friday.

But would Seacrest return as the show's host? "I don't know if I can host it", Seacrest admitted. "Do you know the preparation I have to do for [Live] every night?" "Yes you can, you can!"

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Keep watching 7 Eyewitness News to find out how you can get a chance to see the show! Your nights are free, you don't have that much to do. "You can do this!" she told Seacrest.

"You can disconnect for that!"

HollywoodLifers, do you think the American Idol reboot would be better with Kelly? The morning talk show tapes in New York City each morning, while Idol is shot on the opposite coast in Los Angeles. "It could be more costly, but worth it", the source said. "That said, Ryan has a lot of affection for Idol given the significance to his career, and it taps into the things he loves - a live show, pop music, discovering new talent, etc.", the insider explained.

"A reboot without him is nearly unthinkable", the source added.

We would absolutely die if Kelly, 35, came back to Idol.