Kelly Ripa Is Back as Co-Host of ‘Live’ and Ryan Seacrest Is Freaking Out

Not only were fans excited to see Kelly Ripa return to Live with Kelly and Ryan this week, but her fellow co-host, Ryan Seacrest, gave her the biggest welcome of them all.

Today, the official Live Instagram account posted a clip from the latest episode, celebrating Ripa’s big return. When announcer Deja Vu introduced the co-hosts to the audience, the pair walked out to greet viewers. Only, Seacrest proceeded to act surprised and shocked upon seeing Ripa after her week away from the show.

At one point, Seacrest took off his glasses and said, “Kelly, is that you?” And, Ripa couldn’t help but respond to the faux freak-out with a smile.

Ripa donned a white and purple floral dress with white stiletto heels. The All My Children alum rocked loose beach waves with her classic middle part. Meanwhile, Seacrest looked quite dapper in a navy blue suit and brown loafers. Per usual, he wore his go-to hairstyle (i.e. his hair combed back).

Fans of the show were so happy to see Ripa return to the show. One person wrote in the comments section, “Thank god!!!!!!! We missed you!!!!” Another person spammed the comments with multiple purple and white heart emojis.

If you were unaware, Ripa recently took a trip to Los Angeles with her hubby, Mark Consuelos. She also spent some time attending their son Michael’s NYU graduation ceremony at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Glad to have you back, Kelly!

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