Kelly Ripa can always be relied on to lighten the mood. The “Live! With Kelly and Ryan” host has been taking COVID-19 seriously – alongside a slew of other shows now filming without audiences, the 49-year-old, co-host Ryan Seacrest, and the “Live!” crew are whittled down to the bare minimum as they shoot.
Kelly’s Instagram just offered you something to – as the blonde put it – “look at.” If your internet screen has been a non-stop carousel of face masks and hand sanitizer, Kelly’s snap might be just what the doctor ordered.
Kelly’s Thursday Instagram update was a throwback of hunky husband Mark Consuelos. The sun-drenched snap showed the “Riverdale” actor kicking back on a large white inflatable as he bronzed his rippling body in a pool – Kelly confirmed the snap to be from her Puglia, Italy vacation back in 2019.
A caption from Kelly gave a roundabout shout-out to the Coronavirus.
“#tbt Last summer in Puglia. Something to look at other than that bottle of hand sanitizer ??????,” Kelly wrote.
The snap racked up over 31,000 likes in just 50 minutes.
Post a red-hot shirtless pic, and you’re going to get the comments to match. Kelly’s post didn’t take long to bring in the comments, with makeup artist Kristofer Buckle leading the way.
“All the sanitizer in the world couldn’t clean the thoughts a lot of people are probably having now!?,” he wrote.
Even the fan who hadn’t clocked that it was 48-year-old Mark had good things to say.
“Is that your hubby? Thanks for the distraction..lol??.”
Of course, there’ll always be a joking moaner – “Why do men get hotter as they age but us women have to do every last thing to try to save our face and bodies? #notfair,” one user wrote.
The past 24 hours have been proving that celebrities are just as much at risk as the rest of us. Yesterday saw 63-year-old actor Tom Hanks confirm that he and wife Rita Wilson have both tested positive for the virus.
“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” Tom wrote in an Instagram statement.
Two NBA players are now confirmed positive: Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of Utah Jazz are both carriers.
While Miley Cyrus, Madonna, and Pearl Jam cancel concerts and TV shows from Jimmy Fallon to “Ridiculousness” empty their audience seats, some celebrities are experiencing the upside to the global pandemic. Scott Disick is now selling $129 hoodies with “PLEASE WASH YOUR HANDS” on them – the 36-year-old ex to Kourtney Kardashian is retailing the merch via his Talentless clothing line. Scott also enlisted the help of Kendall and Kris Jenner in the promo.
Kelly, meanwhile, is keeping it light. The star even did a “hand walk” through a backstage area of “Live!” recently as she and Ryan headed into a particularly empty show.