Out with the old and in with the new! That’s exactly what Ryan Seacrest did when he was stuck at home awaiting his COVID results while leaving Kelly Ripa to host their morning show solo earlier this week. The 45-year-old “American Idol” host got a bit of a scare and decided to take a Coronavirus test but due to strict regulations on set, he could not show up to host “LIVE With Kelly and Ryan” until he got a negative result back.
Ryan Seacrest was noticeably absent from “LIVE” on Monday and Tuesday but the network did not disclose why. Immediately conspiracy theorists took to Twitter with rumors that he was sick with COVID-19. The star joined Kelly Ripa on the stage Wednesday and addressed his health.
Finally disclosing the reason for his two-day absence, Ryan Seacrest thanked Kelly Ripa for holding down the fort. “Thank you for covering, following the strict protocol,” he said.
“Got the negative test results for COVID. Makes you feel very good.”
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While “LIVE With Kelly and Ryan” viewers were ecstatic that the TV duo was back together, they noticed that Ryan Seacrest looked noticeably different. Coming out to set with a brand new colored beard, the former baby-faced star asked his co-host, “Do you notice anything different?”
Kelly Ripa had some choice words for Seacrest’s transformation. “You mean your beard?” she said. “I noticed it last week … You’ve decided to color your beard. I don’t mind a dark beard.” Then she got real.
“I don’t mind it at all. But it takes on a sort of a, like, well-groomed pirate look,” Kelly Ripa joked to which Ryan Seacrest laughed and replied, “’I don’t mind’ is not necessary the compliment one goes for.” Unlike Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest’s loyal fans LOVED his new look and immediately took to social media to drop the star compliments.
“You hit it out of the park with your new look ❤️,” one “LIVE” viewer wrote on a recent IG post.
“Love the beard Ryan! Look even more handsome,” shared a second. “Ryan, I ❤️ the new look!!!” posted another. “Ryan ???,” added someone else. Other “LIVE With Kelly and Ryan” viewers were just happy that Ryan Seacrest was healthy and back in action.
“I’m glad Ryan is feeling better!” one fan wrote on Twitter. “Just glad to have you both together ❤️?,” added another. “Thank God you are feeling better!! ???,” mirrored someone else. Regardless of his new pirate status with Kelly, we’re just happy to have the co-hosts back together!