Ryan Seacrest confirms Live with Kelly and Ryan exit

Ryan Seacrest confirms Live with Kelly and Ryan exit

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Kelly Ripa will soon be joined by actor and husband Mark Consuelos when Ryan exits the ABC talk show in the spring. Ryan confirmed his departure from Live with Kelly and Ryan in a heartfelt statement in which he branded the job a “highlight” of his career.

Ryan said of his Live with Kelly and Ryan departure: “Working alongside Kelly over the past six years has been a dream job and one of the highlights of my career. 

“She has been an amazing partner, friend, and confidant, and although we will always be a part of each other’s lives, I will miss our mornings together.

“I also want to thank Michael Gelman and the entire staff and crew – we’ve made memories to last a lifetime, met some of the most incredible people and had the warmest welcome into the homes of so many viewers across America. 

“It’s been a memorable ride and now I’m excited to pass the baton to Kelly’s ‘real’ husband, Mark,” he added [via Deadline].

Ryan’s exit from the talk show won’t effect his stints on some of ABC’s other biggest hitters.

The host will return to present American Idol and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

As well as Ryan speaking out on his exit, his co-star Kelly also had nothing but kind words for her colleague.

“I’m so grateful to have spent the last six years beside my dear friend of too many decades to count and will miss starting my days with Ryan,” she said.

“Ryan’s energy, passion and love for entertainment is one-of-a-kind,” Kelly added.

And the show’s executive producer Michael Gelman reciprocated Ryan’s kind words by stating: “Goodbyes are never easy, but we look forward to welcoming Ryan back regularly with open arms.”

Mark also had nothing but praise for Ryan’s replacement, adding: “As a fan-favourite guest host for years, Mark is no stranger to the ‘Live’ family.

“Having him join the show is so special for us and we’re sure that viewers will feel the same.”

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