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Mark Consuelos on Getting Kelly Ripa’s Approval to Co-Host ‘Live’: “I’m So Glad That She Was Cool With It”

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Last night, Riverdale ended its seventh and final season on the CW.  In it, Mark Consuelos made a return as Hiram Lodge.  It was his only appearance in the season, but as viewers know, Mark is now the co-host of the morning talker, Live with Kelly and Mark, alongside his wife, Kelly Ripa.

Consuelos, 52, now has a next chapter of his career to build on with the demands and rigors of being a noted talk show host.  Following in the footsteps of Ripa’s other co-hosts and cohorts from Regis Philbin to Ryan Seacrest, Mark admits taking the job took some deep-thinking before just saying, ‘yes’, even though it would be an on-going chance to work with his wife on-screen.  As soap fans know, the two met  in 1995, when they both appeared on All My Children together.  He as playing Mateo Santos and she was playing Hayley Vaughan.

Speaking with Deadline, Mark shared: “When people make it look easy, it almost always is not easy. Kelly makes it look very easy. The times that I’ve filled in with her I’m like, ‘Wow, this is easy. This is no big deal.’ But it’s a lot of work and to do it over and over and over again takes a lot of skill. I’m arguably working with one of the best in the business, if not the best in the business at what they do. So, I was like, ‘Well, I’m an actor. I’m not sure I do that.’ I had been filling in for Ryan (Seacrest) a bunch, and I did have a lot of fun doing it. I thought there was this magic that happened every time that we did it. We set up a list of objections, and then we would overcome those objections.”

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The actor/host added, “There are not many decisions that we make these days at our age that we don’t mull over a lot. Just like any big decision, we took it very seriously. I’m so glad that they asked me. I’m so glad that she was cool with it. And I’m so glad I said yes.”

So, are you glad Mark said ‘yes’? How do you think he rates thus far as a morning show host? Let us know via the comment section below.

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I enjoy him. My favorite part of the show is host chat and especially the trivia question to find out if the caller won or lost the mug.

I like Mark as a co- host; he’s very natural & has a great attitude.❤

So unbelievably brain dead. Why’d she not take her hubby?

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Chrishell Stause Stars in New Lifetime Thriller ‘You’re Not Supposed to Be Here’

Selling Sunset star and soap alum, Chrishell Stause (ex-AMC, DAYS, Y&R), will star in a new Lifetime thriller, You’re Not Supposed to Be Here dropping on  November 4th.

In the thriller, Stause, along with Diora Baird, play a lesbian couple, enjoying quality time together before the birth of their new baby in a remote mountain town. Zoe (Stause) is pregnant and along with Kennedy (Baird), are offered a break from their stressful lives when Kennedy’s boss gives them a key to a cabin in the woods. Watch out!

According to The Wrap, “When they arrive, they are met with less than welcoming arms, prompting Zoe to sound alarms of homophobia, which Kennedy attempts to tamper down. ”


The official loglines from Lifetime share on the story: “Just as the two let their guards down, their nightmare begins. They realize they are completely unprepared for what is in store, and that the townspeople want something the two have.”

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In real-life, Chrishell is currently married to Australian singer and rapper, G Flip. The two tied the knot in May of this year.  Formerly, Stause was married to This Is Us and ex-Y&R star, Justin Hartley (ex-Kevin, ex-Adam). Their marriage ended in 2019 and their divorce was finalized in 2021.

Stause has been featured in the current season of the reality/real estate series, Selling Sunset which streamed its sixth season on Netflix beginning in May. A seventh season is said to be on the way.

So, will you be checking out Chrishell’s new thriller on Lifetime? Comment below.

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos to Kick Off Season 36 of ‘Live’ with New Show Opening

The new season of morning talk shows begins this week, and one of them, Live with Kelly and Mark, is starting things off with a new show open starring the hosts and married couple, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, formerly of All My Children fame.

Make sure to circle Tuesday September 5th, when Kelly and Mark begin their first official season together as co-hosts of the long-running show now in its 36th season.  As many know, Consuelos joined the show back in April of this year, after Ryan Seacrest made the decision to depart the series and move back to Los Angeles full-time, since the talker is shot in New York City.

In the concept of the new opening, the husband and wife duo are seen brushing their teeth in their apartment, then going through a couple of outfit changes/looks, before they settle on what they wearing as they are driven to their New York City studio where ‘Live’ emanates from, and arrive in its corridors.

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In addition, this season will have a new trivia game segment called Stump Mark.  In it, Mark will try his darnedest to keep the coveted Live mug away from trivia callers trying to stump him with their two statements — one true, one false.

Scheduled guests for the week: Derek Hough, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Etheridge, Josh Gad, Shinedown, Phillip Phillips, Nikki and Brie Bella and more.

Take a look at the opening title sequence for Live with Kelly and Mark below, and then let us know what you thought of it in the comment section, and let us know if you are looking forward to the new season of the talk show.

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Kelly Ripa Teases New Season of ‘Live’ with Husband Mark Consuelos: “Our Show Is Best When It’s Going Off the Rails”

Since Mark Consuelos joined his real-life wife, Kelly Ripa on the morning talk show Live with Kelly and Mark, the ratings have never been better.  In fact, according to the Nielsen ratings, the former All My Children stars came in second behind The View for the 2022-2023 television season in total viewers averaging 2.293 million.

Now with the new season upon us come September, Ripa spoke with the Purist about what fans can expect now that Mark is coming into his own as her co-host.

Kelly shared, “We’re going to provide the same sort of humor and irreverence that people have come to know and love. Mark has taken the trivia game, where Ryan (Seacrest) and I would just give away coffee mugs to the audience, and decided that he’s not going to do that any more. There are no participation trophies in life, he says. If they want to win a mug, they’re going to have to stump me. I don’t really follow the ratings, but from what I’ve been told that since Mark has taken over, people stay with the show all the way through because they want to see whether or not Mark gets stumped.”

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When asked what favorite segment on Live is her current favorite, Ripa expressed, “I love talking to the trivia callers. Our show is best when it’s going off the rails, when our audience gets to see the slip-ups. It is not this highly polished, Hollywood thing. It is two people meeting, having coffee, having just read the paper. We never cover actual news, we cover absurd news. When you factor in a person calling from their cellphone in the parking lot of a grocery store, what have you, it is rife with the ability to derail very quickly, and I think that’s what I love the best. I also love our viewer feedback at the very end of the show, where we take our viewers.”

So, are you looking forward to more Live with Kelly and Mark? Enjoying the duo on-screen together on the morning talker? What are your favorite staple segments from the show? Comment below.

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