‘Live’ Almost Started Without Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest Today

We’re starting to get used to small changes on Live with Kelly and Ryan, like when Kelly Ripa was forced to host the talk show alone (and vice versa). Still, we never thought Live would start without both Ripa and her co-host, Ryan Seacrest, but that’s exactly what happened.

Earlier today, producers shared a candid video on the show’s official Instagram page, featuring Ripa and Seacrest casually chatting before the broadcast. The problem? The co-hosts didn’t know that Live was already on the air and nearly missed their cue while having a seemingly serious conversation.

In the behind-the-scenes clip, Ripa and Seacrest are walking through a backstage hallway as they nonchalantly chat about their weekend. In the background, a producer is counting down, “4, 3, 2, 1,” but the co-hosts are too busy with their conversation to notice.

“I mean, literally,” Seacrest says. To which Ripa responds, “No, I know.”

We have no idea what they’re actually talking about, because right when Ripa turns to the camera to explain, she’s interrupted by the producer, saying, “We’re on the air.”

Ripa still doesn’t get the memo—that is, until Seacrest repeats, “We’re on the air, apparently.”

Of course, there’s a good chance their tardiness won’t be addressed on today’s episode of Live, since there’s usually a small intro before the cameras start rolling. Still, we can’t help but wonder what the conversation was about, since it caused such a distraction.

Perhaps they were talking about Mark Consuelos’s highly anticipated return from Vancouver?

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...