Ryan Seacrest this week joined Kelly Ripa as cohost of Live With Kelly, ending more than a year of turmoil on ABC’s morning show. “The next chapter of the Live story is about to be written,” Ripa pro claimed on the broadcast, unveiling the new Live With Kelly and Ryan marquee. Calling Ripa “a very dear friend,” Seacrest, 42, said whenever they work together— hosting Disney’s Christmas Day parade,_for example —“we have a blast.” Best known as the longtime host of American Idol, Seacrest ends a search that began last year, when former co-host Michael Strahan reportedly blindsided Ripa, 46, by jumping to Good Morning America. She has since appeared with rotating guest co-hosts. This fall Ripa and Seacrest will begin a ratings duel with Megyn Kelly, who launches an NBC show in their 9 a.m. time slot.
After months of denials, Val Kilmer this week confirmed that he had cancer, the New York Post reports. Rumors about the actor’s health have swirled since 2015, when he was spotted entering UCLA Medical Center and began covering up his neck with scarves. Then last November his friend Michael Douglas—who was successfully treated for oral cancer—said the Tombstone star was “dealing with exactly what I had.” Kilmer, 57, a Christian Scientist, acknowledged last year he was dealing with “a physical challenge” through “prayer and love.” During a Reddit.com “Ask Me Anything” session this week he revealed, “I did have a healing of cancer, but my tongue is still swollen although healing all the time.’’
Brian Williams received a reprimand from MSNBC for “patronizing” liberal host Rachel Maddow, the network’s top-rated star. Last month Williams interrupted Maddow’s prime-time show to break news of the U.S. missile strike against Syria. After his segment, he turned to Maddow and said, “Thanks for visiting tonight. Glad you were a part of our coverage.” A source tells the New York Post that MSNBC chief Phil Griffin gave Williams “a very stern rebuke” over the Maddow incident, warning, “Don’t you ever do that again.” Williams lost his job as NBC Nightly News anchor in 2015 after admitting he invented heroic details of his coverage of the Iraq War and other stories. ■