Kelly Ripa Discusses Retirement Before Mark Consuelos ‘Live’ Debut

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The beginning of one thing new. Kelly Ripa joked that retiring from Reside is all the time on her thoughts as husband Mark Consuelos prepares to step in as cohost.

The New Jersey native and the Riverdale actor, each 52, opened up about their skilled collaboration throughout an interview with Leisure Weekly printed on Sunday, April 16 — someday earlier than Consuelos’ official debut on the daytime discuss present.

“Each time you get a brand new cohost, it’s like just a little jolt of power,” Ripa defined. “However to be clear, I’m all the time fascinated about retiring. It’s my favourite matter of debate.”

Us Weekly confirmed in February that Ryan Seacrest was leaving Reside With Kelly and Ryan after almost six years. His last episode aired on Friday, April 14.

Kelly Ripa Says Always Thinking About Retiring Ryan Seacrest

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest
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“I simply wish to say just a few phrases to you. It’s on behalf of myself and all of us — however principally me,” Ripa started throughout an emotional tribute to the American Idol host, 48. “This has, with out query, been the quickest six years of my life. And though you and I’ve been mates for many years and a long time, I really feel like I’ve gained by means of this course of a youthful brother / oldest son.”

She added: “I’m so grateful that our success collectively on this present has led to us growing a good nearer — but codependent — relationship.”

Seacrest, in the meantime, referred to as himself a “fortunate man” for attending to work alongside Ripa for therefore lengthy. “I so admire your management, your love, your knowledge and I actually do really feel like a member of the family and we could have that ceaselessly,” he gushed.

Earlier than coming into the most recent chapter of Reside, Ripa advised EW that she has nothing however love for her former cohost. “I commend Ryan for lasting so long as he did as a result of I actually had my considerations. We’re mates, we’re open, we’ve talked about this previously, however, in fact, I had my considerations about him selecting up and transferring to New York as a result of it’s not as simple as one thinks it is likely to be,” she defined. “The sacrifices he made usually are not misplaced on me, and I actually assume he did it for so long as he presumably may.”

The Reside Wire creator confessed that she “all the time envisioned” that there could be “someone new coming in to work with Ryan” as a substitute of him being the one to depart. In aiming for essentially the most “seamless” transition, the previous cleaning soap opera actress famous that it “made excellent sense” for Consuelos to fill Seacrest’s footwear.

Kelly Ripa Says Always Thinking About Retiring From Live as Husband Mark Consuelos Prepares to Join

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

“A day by day morning dwell discuss present is nothing with out its consistency and continuity. And Mark supplies that, not only for our viewers, however for me, for our producers. And so if anyone may make me keep, it’s positively Mark,” she added.

Nonetheless, Ripa doesn’t see herself staying on the air ceaselessly. “I’m not one in every of these individuals that’s like, ‘The present can’t go on with out me,’” she mentioned. “I’m a fan of Reside since earlier than I acquired there. … It’s a franchise present; I don’t consider the present begins and ends with anyone host — I feel it’s collaborative. And I feel the subsequent few years present limitless alternatives to check new individuals out and see what the subsequent iteration of the present might be past Mark and me. So it’s an actual thought course of I all the time have.”

Consuelos had beforehand appeared alongside his spouse as a visitor host on a number of events earlier than taking the gig completely. “The one distinction I see now could be that I’ll have just a little extra time to organize,” he advised the outlet forward of his debut. “I feel my method could be to do identical to I did earlier than: Be current, have plenty of enjoyable, be awake — you gotta be awake. … Additionally, my companion’s arguably the perfect within the enterprise at this format. I do know she’s not going to let me screw up too dangerous.”