We woke up this morning with the expectation of seeing Kelly Ripa rejoined by her co-host, Ryan Seacrest, on Live with Kelly and Ryan. However, in a surprising twist, the American Idol alum was noticeably MIA (for the third time this week) and replaced by another famous face: Anderson Cooper.

ICYMI: Seacrest has been absent from Live all of this week. On Monday and Tuesday, Ripa was joined by guest co-host, Andy Cohen, who revealed that he was sitting in for the 45-year-old TV personality for just two days. Of course, this led us to believe that Seacrest would be returning today. However, as we have now seen from a behind-the-scenes Instagram video shared by the show’s producers, Cooper has stepped in to cover for Seacrest on today’s episode.

In the clip, Ripa and Cooper complete the daily walk from the dressing rooms to the stage as they discusses their unintentional matching ensembles and even take a moment to chat with Dan the coffee man. “We’re live now with guest cohost @andersoncooper!” the caption reads.

So, why Seacrest is MIA from the show? It seems he’s got some other business to take care of elsewhere. On Monday, the American Idol alum shared a post of himself on Instagram. And while we can’t exactly figure out where he is, it’s clear from his surroundings he’s on the set of some kind of project.

We guess we’ll just have to keep waiting for Ryan’s big return.

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