Ryan Seacrest has officially appeared on “LIVE With Kelly and Ryan” for the last time.
The co-host, who has been with the show for nearly six years, announced that he will be stepping away as Kelly Ripa‘s husband, “Riverdale” star Mark Consuelos, will take his place and join his wife as the new co-host.
Ryan Seacrest Says Goodbye To ‘LIVE’
On Friday, April 14, Ryan Seacrest filmed his final appearance as co-host on “LIVE With Kelly and Ryan”. Shortly after the episode aired, the radio host took to social media to say his final farewell.
“I’m going to miss my Live family, there’s no other place like it…,” he began to write. “I’ll miss the red herrings, the on-air spills, the street snow angels to horseback riding, to breaking world records (or trying to), to the Halloween show (that’s actually a lie, that shows a lot of work and no-one works harder than the crew and the producers to make it all happen), I’ll miss Estherrrr who makes everything seamless, I’ll miss Deja’s energy every morning, Art Moore and his contagious enthusiasm, Gelman’s briefings that usually end up in discussions about last night’s dinner, and Kelly our leader and family to me.”
He continued, “I’ll miss all of it, especially sharing a cup of coffee with everyone in the morning, watching at home. I’m truly grateful and honored to have been a part of it for 6 years. Thank you. See you this Sunday at American Idol from Hawaii 🌺.”
Ryan Seacrest Announces His Exit From ‘LIVE’
Ryan Seacrest announced he would be leaving the ABC show via an Instagram post, which was shared on February 16, 2023.
“I’m going to miss my work wife and all the laughter we share,” he captioned the post, which consisted of several photos of him and his co-host, Kelly Ripa. “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. 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.”
“I’ll be transitioning out of Live this Spring to shoot the 21st season of American Idol in LA, continue my radio show on KIIS-FM and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve, and focus my summer on opening three more Ryan Seacrest Foundation Studios in pediatric hospitals across the country,” he continued to write. “I’m looking forward to coming back to guest host in the future and Kelly, I promise to forever share my food photos, chicken eggs, and olive oil with you. And congratulations to my brother Mark, feel free to remodel my dressing room!”
Mark Consuelos will take over as the new co-host of ABC’s “LIVE” next week alongside his wife, Kelly Ripa.