Seacrest went on to say that he’s happy to “pass the baton” over the Consuelos in light of his departure. “I also want to thank Michael Gelman and the entire staff and crew— we’ve made memories to last a lifetime, met some of the most incredible people and had the warmest welcome into the homes of so many viewers across America,” he added. “It’s been a memorable ride and now I’m excited to pass the baton to Kelly’s ‘real’ husband, Mark.”
Ripa (who has hosted the show since 2001) responded to the news and shared that she will miss hosting the morning show with Seacrest. “I’m so grateful to have spent the last six years beside my dear friend of too many decades to count and will miss starting my days with Ryan,” she said. “Ryan’s energy, passion and love for entertainment is one-of-a-kind.”
We will miss you, Ryan.
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