Ryan Seacrest Exits ‘Live With Kelly and Ryan’ After Nearly 6 Years

Seacrest, out. Ryan Seacrest is formally leaving his function as cohost of Stay With Kelly and Ryan after almost six years, Us Weekly confirms.

“Working alongside Kelly over the previous six years has been a dream job and one of many highlights of my profession. She has been an incredible companion, pal, and confidant, and though we are going to at all times be part of one another’s lives, I’ll miss our mornings collectively,” Seacrest stated in a press release. “I additionally need to thank Michael Gelman and your complete employees 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. It’s been a memorable journey and now I’m excited to move the baton to Kelly’s ‘actual’ husband, Mark [Consuelos].”

The 48-year-old TV character joined Kelly Ripa on the daytime present in Might 2017 after a prolonged seek for a everlasting cohost. Seacrest additionally addressed the choice on the Thursday, February 16, episode of the morning present.

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Ripa, 52, has been a part of the Stay household since 2001. She succeeded Kathie Lee Gifford, teaming up with the late Regis Philbin for 10 years earlier than his last episode in November 2011.

“I’m so grateful to have spent the final six years beside my expensive pal of too many a long time to rely and can miss beginning my days with Ryan,” Ripa stated in a press release on Thursday. “Ryan’s vitality, ardour and love for leisure is one-of-a-kind.”

Whereas he was nonetheless taping the syndicated discuss present, Seacrest continued his internet hosting duties on American Idol and produced On Air with Ryan Seacrest for KIIS-FM. Staying on high of his busy schedule proved to be a problem in late 2021 when he was noticeably absent from Stay. Followers started to develop involved that the Emmy winner was experiencing exhaustion — and so they weren’t the one ones.

“His group was so involved they staged an intervention,” a supply solely instructed Us in October 2021, including that Seacrest was “in unhealthy [shape].”

On the time, Consuelos, 51, joined his spouse in Seacrest’s place. “Kelly is a professional and is aware of the present should go on,” a second insider instructed Us, noting that “Mark did a improbable job supporting her and the entire solid” in Ripa’s second of want.

The Retaining Up With the Kardashians producer beforehand frightened viewers in Might 2021 when he seemingly slurred his phrases throughout an episode of American Idol. The following morning, he missed a taping of Stay — however Seacrest’s publicist shut down hypothesis about his well being.

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“Ryan didn’t have any type of stroke final evening,” a press release asserted on the time. “Like many individuals proper now, Ryan is adjusting to the brand new regular and discovering work-home stability, with the added stress of getting to placed on dwell exhibits from dwelling. Between Stay With Kelly & Ryan, American Idol, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, and the Disney Household Singalong specials, he has been juggling three-four on-air jobs over the previous few weeks and he’s in want of relaxation. So at present he took a well-deserved day without work.”

Regardless of his mysterious absence from Stay that fall, a 3rd insider instructed Us that the Georgia native was dealing with his jam-packed schedule simply positive. “He acknowledges he wants to seek out home windows of time to relaxation throughout these busy home windows of labor,” the supply famous in October 2021.

Earlier than leaving the morning present, Seacrest introduced that he could be stepping down from internet hosting E!’s dwell awards present protection.

“After 14 years of internet hosting E!’s Stay From the Pink Carpet I’ve determined to maneuver on to new adventures,” he stated in a February 2021 assertion. “I’ll miss the entire crew that works so onerous behind the scenes and naturally my superb companion Giuliana [Rancic]. Because of everybody for watching all these years.”