Ryan Seacrest Was MIA from 'Live with Kelly and Ryan'—But He's Back (and Wearing a Christmas Sweater)

Cue all the confetti, because Ryan Seacrest is officially back on Live with Kelly and Ryan, complete with festive holiday attire.

Just when we thought that the 45-year-old co-host would take an extended break, Seacrest made his surprise return on Friday, Dec. 18, after a short hiatus. As for why Seacrest was absent from the show, it's appears that he was working on a different project, because on Monday he shared a snap of himself relaxing in a director's chair on another set. He captioned the pic, “Working hard or hardly working?”

Luckly for fans, however, the TV personality returned to Live with a bang and twinned with his co-host, Kelly Ripa, in festive Christmas sweaters.

The talk show's official account shared snaps of their matching outfits, with the first one featuring both Seacrest and Ripa in sweaters with each other's faces on them. To complete the look, they're also sporting festive hair hoops.

The post was then followed up by a pic of their matching Yoda sweaters, which include actual stuffed Yodas. Clearly, the style was a fan-favorite. One follower wrote, "Love [the] baby Yoda sweater, that one is the best!" Another said, "So adorable!! Love them!"

Fans then caught a glimpse of the two in matching gingerbread head hoops while they made Christmas sweater cookies during their kitchen segment.

In case you missed it, Kelly Ripa has been doing the show with guest hosts during Seacrest's absence. On Monday and Tuesday, she was joined by Andy Cohen. And on Wednesday and Thursday, Ripa teamed up with CNN journalist Anderson Cooper.

It's great to have you back, Ryan!

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