Ryan Seacrest Wipes Away Tears During Emotional Final Episode of ‘Live with Kelly & Ryan’

It’s official: Ryan Seacrest is retiring as co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan.

Today, producers shared behind-the-scenes videos and photos on social media in honor of Seacrest’s last episode of the popular talk show. (The American Idol star will be replaced by Kelly Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, starting Monday.)

One Instagram Story (screenshots below) featured BTS clips of Seacrest’s emotional last day on set. One video showed the co-host using his sleeve to wipe away a tear.

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In another clip, Seacrest stood next to Ripa while dabbing his eyes with a tissue. The caption read, “It’s been an emotional show.”

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The official Live Instagram account also shared a special farewell video honoring Seacrest. The video showed a montage of scenes featuring Ripa and Seacrest over the years. This included footage of their first walk to the stage…and their last. The caption read, “It’s been a wild ride! Thanks @ryanseacrest! Tune in now for Ryan’s last official show as co-host.”

Back in February, Seacrest announced that he’s leaving Live with Kelly & Ryan after six successful seasons. “Working alongside Kelly over the past six years has been a dream job and one of the highlights of my career,” he said. “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.”

Shortly after, Consuelos confirmed that he’s replacing the American Idol personality to co-host the talk show alongside his wife.

It’s the end of an era.

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