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Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest backstage

Kelly Ripa Left Solo As Ryan Seacrest Awaits COVID Results

By Rebecca Cukier

Kelly Ripa has been left hosting "Live!" solo for two days straight. The 50-year-old morning show queen made headlines yesterday as 45-year-old co-host Ryan Seacrest took the day off, with little explaining why the "American Idol" host was once again absent today – aside from his awaiting a COVID results test. Fans have been quick to point out that testing is likely a regular occurrence on "Live!" and that Ryan could've tuned in digitially, but he's solidly off. Check out what's going on below.

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Live! With...Well, Just Kelly

Kelly Ripa poses in a dress and smiling

Scroll for the video posted to the "Live!" Instagram on Tuesday. It showed the former "All My Children" actress on set, looking snazzy, and definitely not co-hosting with anybody. Kelly, who returned to set with Ryan after 180 days of quarantine video-streaming in September, was, however, explaining how precautions have changed everything. A caption then confirmed why Seacrest is absent.

"We’re all being very cautious these days..awaiting Ryan’s covid results."

Kelly, cheered on by the minimal crew, all in masks and socially-distanced, now sees fans commenting.

Fans React

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest seated apart on-set

Keep scrolling for the video. Kelly might have gotten slammed for seeming not-too-excited for Ryan's return after he was off sick, but she's now getting all the support in the world – as is Ryan. These two morning favorites are clearly keeping half of America sane through lock-down, with fans quick to respond today.

"Wait, what...Ryan?" one user asked with another saying: "Hope ryan is ok!!"

"Kelly, you can definitely hold your own. You're so down to earth! Love you," a further fan added.

Ryan Sick? Twitter Suggests It's Possible

Ryan Seacrest looking sheepish in a couch

Ryan hasn't been opening up too much about his absences from "Live." The "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" executive producer was accused of having his "On Air" appearance pre-recorded this week, also garnering attention for a maskless "American Idol" video – clearly, fans are wondering whether he is a carrier or sick.

Ryan "didn't look well" in a video posted from "American Idol" on Saturday, although his Instagram has been suggesting he's just fine. In fact, it's been sweat-drenched workouts for him, with the photos to prove it.

Ryan Seems Fine On Instagram

Ryan Seacrest poses for a sefie

Ryan is fresh from dropping a little lock-down workout action on his Instagram. The multi-faceted host posted in selfie mode and showing a drenched shirt while training in his room.

"20 second sprints and 10 second breaks on repeat for 25 minutes. My shirt is drenched in sweat… and tears," he wrote.

Of course, even on IG, these two are thick as thieves. Kelly swooped into the comment section to troll Ryan as she mentioned 19-year-old daughter Lola Grace: "That’s nice sweetie. Ps Lola wants her shirt back," she wrote.

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