Kelly Ripa trades Ryan Seacrest for Mark Consuelos on ‘Live’

Goodbye, “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” Hello, “Live with Kelly and Mark.”

Ryan Seacrest introduced Thursday that he shall be leaving “Live” after co-hosting the morning discuss present alongside Kelly Ripa for six years. The longtime “American Idol” host and radio character shall be changed by Ripa’s husband, actor Mark Consuelos.

“I’m going to miss my work wife and all the laughter we share. When I signed on to host Live in 2017 it was meant to be for 3 years, but I loved the job and working with Kelly so much that I extended my time and last year I made the decision to stay on for one more final season,” Seacrest wrote on Instagram, the place he shared a carousel of images of him and Ripa goofing round on the set of “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”

“I’ve been grateful to be able to share a cup of coffee with our viewers everyday, one of the best parts of the gig.”

On her Instagram web page, Ripa celebrated the information by sharing a throwback picture of herself, Seacrest and Consuelos dressing up as “I Love Lucy” characters on a Halloween episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”

“When your friends become work mates become family,” Ripa captioned the pic. “Congratulations @ryanseacrest on surviving six winters in NYC! I’m proud of you and am forever in your corner. And @instasuelos welcome home, or to the contractual obligation phase of our relationship.”

Consuelos has but to remark publicly on his new gig.

In his exit assertion, Seacrest revealed that he’ll “be transitioning out of Live this Spring to shoot the 21st season of American idol in LA.” He may also proceed internet hosting his radio present on KIIS-FM (102.7), in addition to “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve” on ABC. Additionally, the Emmy-winning entertainer mentioned he plans to open “three more Ryan Seacrest Foundation Studios” — the place pediatric hospital sufferers can experiment with radio and TV gear — in several areas.

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“I’m looking forward to coming back to guest host [‘Live’] in the future and Kelly, I promise to forever share my food photos, chicken eggs, and olive oil with you,” Seacrest continued in his farewell message. “And congratulations to my brother Mark, feel free to remodel my dressing room!”

Seacrest joined the solid of “Live” in 2017 after Ripa’s “Live with Kelly and Michael” co-host Michael Strahan departed in 2016. Before “Live with Kelly and Michael,” Ripa co-hosted “Live with Regis and Kelly” reverse the late Regis Philbin.

During his “Live” tenure, Seacrest additionally served as an govt producer on the present.

Despite Ripa’s Instagram quip about getting into the “contractual obligation phase” of their relationship, that is removed from the primary time she and Consuelos have labored collectively. The couple met whereas co-starring on the cleaning soap opera “All My Children” within the Nineties and have since teamed up for a number of initiatives through their New York-based manufacturing firm, Milojo Productions.

Consuelos has additionally beforehand guest-hosted a number of episodes of “Live.” However, Ripa instructed Vanity Fair after Philbin retired in 2011 that Consuelos didn’t wish to turn out to be her everlasting co-host.

“No one would make me happier than Mark,” she mentioned on the time, “but he values our marriage and he says that he doesn’t see how we could stay married and both do that show.”