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Kelly Ripa Holds Down Morning Show After Ryan Seacrest Falls Sick

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By Gary Trock

Kelly Ripa is a true teammate for stepping up to the plate and taking on the hosting duties of her live morning show solo after co-host Ryan Seacrest woke up with a sore throat. The social media handle for "Live With Kelly and Ryan" made the announcement on Thursday morning, that Seacrest would be staying home for the day, leaving Ripa to take over as the only host for the show's busy lineup. However, always the true professional -- Kelly Ripa knocked it out of the park for the whole team.

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Ryan Stays Home Sick

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest
LIVE With Kelly and Ryan / Instagram

Fans were stunned on Thursday morning when they were delivered the announcement about Seacrest's health.

"Ryan is home with a sore throat. We’re all being very cautious these days," the IG account for "LIVE With Kelly and Ryan" stated.

It was a good move for the "American Idol" host to take a sick day and avoid infecting anyone else. In the age of COVID-19, coming into the office with even a slight cold is strictly forbidden, and usually warrants multiple days off in quarantine out of caution.

Kelly Hangs With Bethenny Frankel

As solo host, Kelly Ripa did a great job and was able to tap some familiar faces as guests for the day. Former "Real Housewives of New York" star Bethenny Frankel stopped by to talk about her upcoming podcast, "Just B with Bethenny." While the two longtime friends spoke, they made sure to maintain proper social distancing and even posted the photo on social media to show that they were 6 feet apart.

Bravo honcho Andy Cohen also called in to dish about the rumors of Snooki and Kris Jenner joining the "Housewives" stable of stars.

Fans Worry About Ryan

While everyone enjoyed the morning show with Kelly Ripa, fans were worried about Ryan Seacrest's health and took to social media with well wishes and home remedies.

"I hope Ryan feels better soon. Tea with honey and lemon," one fan commented on Instagram.

"Hope it’s just a sore throat. You can never be too cautious right now," another fan worried.

"Tea with lemon and honey. Take care, did u sleep with window open. That makes my throat 🥴in AM," a third person wrote.

Praise for Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa starting the show solo
LIVE With Kelly and Ryan / Instagram

While they worried about Ryan, many praised Kelly Ripa for doing a great job and taking over both roles for the morning show.

"Doing great on your own Kelly!!" one positive fan commented.

"Kelly i love your outfit especially your 🦋 belt," referencing the star's olive green dress and belt cinched at the waist.

"I hope Ryan feels better and Kelly is doing a fabulous job on her own," another fan wrote as they played both sides.

There has been no mention on whether Seacrest will be back for Friday's show, or if he'll take the weekend to rest up and return Monday.

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