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Kelly Ripa's New Co-Host On Live Is Raising Eyebrows

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over the years kelly ripa has undergone

quite a few changes when it comes to her

live co-hosts

though she initially began her career

alongside the legendary regis philbin

who passed away in july 2020 at the age

of 88 she's been the most consistent

part of the hit morning talk show after

it underwent many ups and downs

who can forget the infamous drama that

took place on live

after host michael strahan blindsided

ripa with his departure in 2016.

at the time ripa who was noticeably

absent from the show for nearly a week

after his announcement

quote needed a couple of days to gather

my thoughts and

gain some perspective as per the

hollywood reporter before coming back

and congratulating her friend

and fellow co-host on the new

opportunity at good morning america

on may 1st 2017 it was announced that

ryan seacrest would join ripa as her new

permanent co-host

succeeding strahan since then the two

have been inseparable giving fans the

dynamic duo host vibes

live has become known for but in

december 2020 the american idol host was

missing from the show

leading many to wonder what the heck is

going on ryan seacrest missed his fourth

straight live with kelly and ryan

episode during the week of december 14th

2020 he had previously missed two other

episodes of the morning talk show with

braavos andy cohen filling in for him

but for the december 16th and 17th

episodes anderson cooper took over as

kelly ripa's new co-host

in two behind the scenes videos shared

the official live instagram

cooper can be seen heading out onto the

stage with ripa

in one clip someone from the crew says

you guys look great together

before ripa introduces the journalist

and cnn anchor to the backstage coffee

crew as quote

anderson cooper national treasure

american hero

then in the second ripa jokingly

reiterates this man is a national icon

do you understand

it's clear the longtime live host is a

fan of cooper

as the two share a two-decade-long

friendship in 2014 she told vanity fair

i'm in love with him i've had a 20-year

unrequited love affair with him

she added that husband mark consuelos

isn't jealous though as

quote he understands that anderson

doesn't share my enthusiasm

fans were equally happy to see anderson

take over as co-host

on the live stage one person wrote in

the comments

anderson cooper is a gift to morning

host chat he needs a chair at the host

desk

and another added i love when anderson

co-hosts

it's been a while there's been a lot of

speculation regarding ryan seacrest's

absence from live with kali and ryan but

it seems there's a perfectly good

explanation as to why he's gone mia for

the week of december 14

2020. according to his recent social

media activity

he seemingly took some time off from the

morning talk show with cali ripa to film

episodes of american idol he shared two

photos via instagram

one that shows him posing on a rooftop

with the american idol logo on it

and another of him sitting on a

director-style chair outside a trailer

as he scrolls through his phone

seacrest captioned one of the shots

working hard or hardly working

it's hardly uncommon for the hosts of

live with kelly and ryan to take time

off

in early december 2020 ripa was absent

from the show and replaced by tamron

hall so she could reunite and spend

quality time with her husband who's been

away filming riverdale in vancouver

canada

in october 2020 seaquest was forced to

take a few days off from the show

as he awaited coven 19 results ripa told

the audience at the time

we have all of these new restrictions

now so this is one

we have to wait until he comes back

negative before he can get in here

it's public health we take it seriously

for years

there has been rumors that ryan seacrest

wanted to quit live with kelly and ryan

with the national enquirer reporting in

2018 that he was quote on the verge of

quitting because

he was fed up with kali ripa's

domineering devitude

however the american idol host has made

no indication that he plans to leave

with his rep even telling gossip cop

that the rumors of him

quitting were quote untrue ripa for her

part

has not addressed the gossip thankfully

it looks like fans don't need to worry

about another live

shake up according to the official live

with kelly and ryan website

ryan seacrest will be back on set friday

december 18

2020 to welcome guests goldie hawn and

kurt russell as well as take part in

live's holiday sweater show

and virtually host the daytime talk

show's annual sweater pageant

his return will likely be met with love

and applause as he and dripa have become

one of daytime tv's favorite talk show

co-hosts

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