Mark Consuelos Speaks Out as Ryan Seacrest Exits ‘Live’

Prepared for his close-up! Mark Consuelos is wanting ahead to his new gig as spouse Kelly Ripa‘s Reside cohost as Ryan Seacrest exits the morning present.

“Congrats in your subsequent chapter @ryanseacrest. I like you want a brother,” the Riverdale actor, 51, captioned an Instagram photograph of himself sitting beside Ripa, 52, and the American Idol host, 48, on Thursday, February 16. “I do know I’ve some large footwear to fill … nicely really they’re solely a dimension 9, however what I imply.”

Consuelos went on to reward his partner, including: “@kellyripa my experience or die. That is going to be wonderful! I can’t consider in spite of everything these years of listening to you speak at no cost, I discovered a solution to receives a commission for it. Is that this an incredible nation or what?”

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Seacrest appeared alongside Ripa on the daytime sequence for almost six years earlier than asserting his departure on Thursday. “Working alongside Kelly over the previous six years has been a dream job and one of many highlights of my profession. She has been a tremendous companion, buddy, and confidant, and though we are going to all the time be part of one another’s lives, I’ll miss our mornings collectively,” he famous in a press release. “I additionally need to thank Michael Gelman and the whole workers and crew – we’ve made recollections to final a lifetime, met a number of the most unimaginable folks and had the warmest welcome into the houses of so many viewers throughout America.”

The radio host concluded: “It’s been a memorable experience and now I’m excited to move the baton to Kelly’s ‘actual’ husband, Mark.”

Whereas Ripa has been a mainstay on Reside since 2001, initially cohosting with the late Regis Philbin, Seacrest joined the present in 2017. The previous cleaning soap opera actress gushed over working with Seacrest in a glowing farewell message on Thursday.

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“I’m so grateful to have spent the final six years beside my pricey buddy of too many many years to depend and can miss beginning my days with Ryan,” she stated in a press release. “Ryan’s power, ardour and love for leisure is one-of-a-kind.”

The Georgia native make clear his “bittersweet” determination to depart Reside With Kelly and Ryan throughout Thursday’s episode, explaining that it was “powerful” to say goodbye to the present. Seacrest famous that he hopes to visitor host when his busy schedule permits, revealing that he initially solely signed a three-season contract however selected to increase his keep.

“As an expensive buddy coming in, however as a finest buddy on this second, to have your kindness, your thoughtfulness, your levity, your friendship, I look as much as you,” he advised Ripa. “I respect you a lot. I like the truth that we get an opportunity to take a seat right here every single day and join with you at residence, in your kitchens, in your residing rooms at work. There’s nothing like this on tv. … Three [years] became six due to the real enjoyable of being on this tv present each hour of each weekday. I like you a lot.”

The colleagues confirmed that Consuelos, who exchanged vows with the Reside Wire creator in 1996, can be stepping in as cohost. Earlier than formally becoming a member of the syndicated speak present, the All My Kids alum stuffed in for Seacrest on just a few events over time.

“We’re so conscious of the significance of continuity and consistency and, like, the familial vibe that all of us have right here. It solely is sensible to not simply our viewing viewers at residence, however our viewers right here inside our workers, our help system, our prolonged household, to usher in any person that we all know and love and who’s actually all the time been right here,” Ripa defined to viewers on Thursday. “The one particular person I can consider that’s able to, , holding your torch the way in which you’ve got held it. And that might be, my husband, Mark Consuelos, in what Ryan and I are calling the nation’s weirdest social experiment.”

Consuelos is about to seem as a visitor on the Friday, February 17, episode of Reside. He shares three kids — Michael, 25, Lola, 21, and Joaquin, 19 — with Ripa.