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Hayden Panettiere wears her engagement ring and a snake on LIVE! with Kelly and Michael on Oct. 9, 2013. She is engaged to Ukranian boxer Wladimir Klitschko. - Provided courtesy of WABC

Hayden Panettiere confirms she's engaged - see ring (Video)

10/09/2013 by Corinne Heller

Hayden Panettiere has confirmed she is engaged to Ukrainian boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko, following a report from more than six months ago, and announced the news while holding a snake on national television.

The 24-year-old actress revealed her engagement on the daytime talk show "LIVE! with Kelly and Michael" on Wednesday, Oct. 9, the day her show "Nashville" airs on ABC.

As she held a snake around her neck -- which scared co-host Michael Strahan, co-host Kelly Ripa pointed out a large, emerald-cut diamond ring Panettiere wore on her ring finger and asked her if she is engaged. The actress said she is and that no wedding date has been set. (Watch a video of the announcement, below.)

Panettiere's engagement was reported by Us Weekly in late March. The outlet added that she had a ring but opted not to wear it in public.

She and Klitschko, 37, have been together since at least 2010. They announced in May 2011 that they had broken up, citing the difficulties in maintaining a long-distance relationship, and later reconciled.

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