Whereas Ryan Seacrest was compelled to take day off whereas affected by “exhaustion,” his morning present co-host Kelly Ripa has been selecting up the slack from a home within the Caribbean, Web page Six is informed.
Ripa, husband Mark Consuelos and their three youngsters have been secretly quarantining away from their Manhattan dwelling for the previous few months. She’s been filming ABC’s “Stay With Kelly and Ryan” from an island hideaway. Buddies are staying on the household’s NYC abode whereas Ripa and household are away. Seacrest is filming from his LA dwelling.
A supply informed us that the household was already within the Caribbean when the shelter-in-place order occurred in March. They made the household resolution to remain put.
Regardless of her tropical location, Ripa has made it no secret that she’s been struggling amid lockdown, as she teared up on air as she informed how she’s lacking her dad and mom — and coping with unruly kids who “gained’t hug me.”
“I’m like, ‘Guys, we’ve all been on lockdown collectively. We’re superb, you can provide me a hug,” she mentioned.
“Kelly’s been soldier, as she all the time has been. It’s vital to her to maintain working — and it was tremendous vital to her and Mark to donate to pandemic reduction,” the supply mentioned. (Ripa and Consuelos donated $1 million to COVID-19 causes in March.)
The household, as of Thursday, had been nonetheless overseas, the place they celebrated the oldest son, Michael, graduating from NYU.
In the meantime, Consuelos has been filling in for Seacrest when he’s been off the air, most lately on Monday after Seacrest prompted fears for his well being whereas internet hosting the “American Idol” finale Sunday evening.
Seacrest was compelled to disclaim he had suffered a stroke, and when he returned to “Stay” Tuesday morning, he mentioned he took the time off attributable to “exhaustion,” and thanked Consuelos for stepping in on the final minute.
Debra O’Connell, president and basic supervisor of WABC, which produces “Stay,” commented: “Now we have required our workers to work remotely till we determine to return to studio operations. We’re extremely grateful for all that Kelly, Ryan and [executive producer Michael] Gelman have performed to make ‘Stay With Kelly and Ryan’ the No. 1 syndicated daytime discuss present throughout this time.”
Though the household had tried to maintain their quarantine vacation spot quiet, daughter Lola posted a photograph of them touchdown within the Caribbean on her Instagram tales, saying “dwelling.”
Ripa informed an ABC digital city corridor: “We had deliberate a visit for our household, and it was imagined to be our complete household, after all.
“And we arrive and three days later your entire world modified, actually, every thing shut down, the federal government shut down, our nation shut down.
“I hate to make use of the phrase ‘caught’, however we had been. We determined to remain the place we had been.”
The host mentioned it was “distressing” that each her and her husband’s dad and mom had been attributable to be a part of them.
She mentioned she and Seacrest determined to maintain doing the present for some normalcy, including: “I believe it’s been a terrific profit to have one another, to have our viewing viewers …”