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Kelly Ripa Addresses COVID In Cigarette Pants On NYC Streets

By Rebecca Cukier

This is worth a look. Kelly Ripa actually wore clothing shouting out the global pandemic ahead of the weekend, making the sure the paparazzi knew which side she stands on. The 50-year-old "Live! With Kelly and Ryan" host was photographed on Manhattan streets yesterday and in a sweater with "FAUCI" written across it – clearly, a giant shoutout to expert immunologist and COVID expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, whom President Donald Trump has been busy trashing. Check out the photos and Kelly's skinny-minny legs below.

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Kelly Ripa shows off a red dress backstage

Scroll for the photos. They come as Kelly herself makes COVID-related headlines via co-host Ryan Seacrest. The 45-year-old "American Idol" host, ditching Kelly for two days last week, fronted media outlets for undergoing a COVID test – fortunately, Ryan's result was negative.

Photos showed Kelly solo and battling NYC drizzle from under a giant umbrella. The former "All My Children" actress, going casual in skintight black cigarette pants, made her white "FAUCI" sweater the focal point, also rocking white sneakers and seen carrying a dark coat over her arm. Of course, Kelly wore a face mask.

COVID Changes 'Live!'

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest walking backstage

Keep scrolling for the photos. Kelly and co-host Ryan made headlines in September for being reunited on-set after 180 days of quarantine-set video streaming, with Kelly even telling her audience that there are "all of these new restrictions now" – nobody's allowed on-set until they've tested negative.

Kelly's outfit yesterday comes as the U.S. election draws closer, now under a week away. Fauci, 50, has been critical of the POTUS' management of the pandemic, even saying he wasn't surprised that Trump contracted COVID. Over 225,000 Americans have now died from the virus.

Ryan Seacrest's COVID Scare

Ryan Seacrest poses sheepishly on a couch

Click here for the photos – scroll for more. Ryan Seacrest was subject to nothing short of a media frenzy last week. The "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" producer made headlines for leaving Kelly in the lurch on "Live!" amid reports he was suffering from a "minimal cough."

Kelly had initially said: "Out of an abundance of caution, we are waiting—he had a COVID test and we're just waiting for the results." Ryan then thanked his co-star for holding down the fort: "Makes you feel very good," he said of the result. Scroll for the anorexia worries.

Weight Fears For Kelly

Kelly Ripa seated backstage in a short dress and heels

Kelly is now in the news without her side-kick, and this time it's about her weight. Earlier this week, the mom of three shared 2017 throwbacks of her "Wonder Woman" Halloween outfit. The gold-adorned, booted, and pantless look was sent the thumbs-up, but fans expressed concern that Kelly might be too skinny.

"Kelly you are adorable but I know one day we will read about your battle with food," one fan had written, with another telling the blonde she is too "skinny." Kelly has further made weight headlines this month by being tod she "needs a sandwich" in a backstage video.

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