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Ryan Seacrest Exits ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’ as Mark Consuleos Becomes New Co-Host

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In a surprise announcement, Ryan Seacrest is stepping down from his gig as co-host of the popular morning talk show, Live with Kelly and Ryan.

He revealed the decision on today’s episode.  With Seacrest departing, it was also announced that Kelly’s husband and former All My Children star as well, Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) will be joining the show in the co-host spot.

With Consuelos coming on to the series, the show will be renamed, Live with Kelly and Mark.  However, Seacrest shared he would return as a guest co-host from time to time.

Apparently, Seacrest and Ripa knew this day was coming for awhile, including last year, as they had several internal discussions between them.  However, Ryan revealed it was a tough decision to make.  Seacrest had spent much of his time simply commuting from his home base in Los Angeles to New York to host the show.

Ripa shared on Thursday’s show that with her real-life husband, Mark Consuleos, now being her new co-host, that it would be “the nation’s weirdest social experiment.”  But in seriousness, she added, that she felt Mark was the only person capable of holding Seacrest’s torch the way he held it.

After his six years on ‘Live’, Seacrest will still be the co-host for a few more months and plans to return to Los Angeles full-time when the new season of American Idol, in which he hosts, starts its live shows.  ‘Idol’ is about to start its 21st season with the first episode airing this Sunday, February 19th on ABC.

Live with Kelly and Ryan is currently the No. 1 daytime talk show in total viewers and women 25-54.

Watch Ryan’s announcement below.

Now let us know, what do you think of Mark joining Kelly as the new co-host of ‘Live’? Sad to see Ryan go? Comment below,

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LONG overdue. Why Mark was not made the permanent replacement the last time the job was open, I cannot fathom. (Maybe he was not interested at the time.) When he’s been on as guest host, he’s done a terrific job.

Ryan and his “I’m pushing 50 but think I’m 25” schtick got old a long time ago.

Good for Ryan for finally leaving.
Don’t know how he possibly worked with this narcissistic ego maniac as long as he did. Just cancel the show already.

Agree

Shari
Well, if Regis could handle her and Michael and Ryan have survived her, I guess her husband will. He can always take her down a few pegs in between takes.

Agree 100%! Fortunately I don’t watch it and cannot understand how Ryan lasted so long!!

Will they just record it in their bedroom, lol? At the breakfast table?

Knowing her, yes, during post-coital discussion. she will do anything for attention.

Its nice Mark finally got a job.

It’s been a long time since AMC.

Ryan and Strahan can get together and compare notes now. Good for Ryan
Another nice guy who left. Pattern? Sorry but my personal opinion Kelly just not likable.

I used to love her but she bugs me now

I won’t be watching any longer I never did when Mark was on, not a fan!!

Ryan is a tremendous talent but he never fit well on the LIVE show and him and Kelly did not have chemistry. Mark is a good choice. He and Kelly have many stories to tell and can co-mingle with their guests quite well.

Agreed. This was Ryan doing a huge favor for a friend that tarnished their own reputation.

Love all three of them! Wishing them all the best!

Glad to see Ryan leave! It’ll be better with Mark! By by ry……

Does anyone watch this show anymore? I find Kelly to be an insufferable, narcissistic fool.

Is there even a viewing audience left? I find Kelly to be an insufferably perky, narcissistic little fool.

Agreed

Well, for those who think that Mark Consuleos has done no acting since AMC, you are mistaken. He starred in the CW show Riverdale for a few years where he played a convincing villain. That show took several ridiculous storyline detours after its first season that I lost interest, and only tuned in occasionally since.

I’m so sorry Ryan is leaving.
I hope it works out for Mark.
But he will not be like Ryan.
I have seen him many times.
It is not going to work.

I think Kelly and Mark will do a fantastic job and that Regis would be very proud. Good luck and don’t listen to the negative nasty people out there with their comments.

To be honest long over due. Ryan came on to save Kelly’s face after her terrible reaction to Michael leaving.

Ryan modernized the show and really brought Hollywood to the show’s front door.

Choosing Mark was the only direction the show could move forward with as Kelly’s reputation has been tarnished by her own doing.

Seeing that Ryan was an executive producer on the show, I’m sure he saw this as an easy exit strategy that worked for him, keeping his relationship with Kelly intact and his continued engagement with the production staff.

I wish Ryan the best in his future endeavors.

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Kelly Ripa Shares on Husband Mark Consuelos: “My Funny Valentine…Celebrating 29 Years of Love With This Guy”

Ah, we remember them when, right? Hard to believe that 29 years have passed since Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos tied the knot when they were mere young adults on All My Children on May 1st, 1996 and portraying Hayley and Mateo, respectively.

But, look at them now! Kelly and Mark are happily married with three children and co-hosting the top-rated syndicated morning talk show!

On Valentine’s Day, Mark took to his Instagram and Kelly took to hers, posting pics and snaps of their love for one another. Consuelos shared: “My forever Valentine…You make smile♥️♥️” to which Ripa replied “Ten Hearts.”

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Kelly posted a plethora of great shots of the duo through the years, captioning it all with “My funny Valentine…Celebrating 29 years of ♥️ with this guy 😍”

The photo album included: Kelly and Mark in matching blue and white outfits standing in front of a red sign that spells out the word “love.” In addition, Ripa chose some moments from their red-carpet appearances and some of their favorite vacations.

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Meanwhile, the Live with Kelly and Mark social media account featured a shot of the couple wearing matching t-shirts that said, “Find someone that loves you as much as Mark loves Mark 😂 Happy Valentine’s Day!”

So, what do you think? Are Kelly and Mark the best example of a Valentine’s Day couple we know and love? Share your thoughts in the comment section and Happy Valentine’s Day from Michael Fairman TV!

 

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Grammy Winner Jody Watley Recalls Dancing On ‘Soul Train’ with All My Children’s Darnell Williams: “Like Every Other Soap Fan I Loved His Legendary Character ‘Jesse'”

Look who’s paying an homage to one of the all time daytime greats, Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, All My Children), none other than recording artist and Grammy-winner, Jody Watley.

While in promotion of her new single, Everlasting, Watley has been sharing photos and memories of moments from her career that are everlasting.

Taking to her Instagram, Watley shared a photo of herself with a young Darnell Williams, where we learned not only is she a huge fan of the iconic Jesse from Pine Valley, but she danced with Darnell when they both appeared on Soul Train! Darnell was regular on the show from 1974-1975.  Watley began her professional career on Soul Train, then became part of the musical group, Shalamar, before beginning her own solo career which has now spanned decades.

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Watley expressed on Willi: “EVERLASTING Indeed! 😁😁✨ “Always believe in you..” #flashbackfriday #70s 😘 this photo was shared with me from a ST fan page on FB .. I’d never seen it before 😯😍 – two teens with big dreams — Darnell Williams such a nice guy and so handsome we danced together a few times – a snapshot – … later like every other soap fan I loved his legendary character “Jesse” back in the golden era of daytime TV “All My Children” ❤️❤️❤️❤️ terrific actor— and I was in awe like “I knew him on ST” 😁 – before coming into my own trajectory as an artist.”

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Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Darnell Williams appeared on All My Children during several stints from 1991 to 1998, then again from 2008-2011, before reprising the role in 2013 in Prospect Park’s reboot of the series.

Watley’s biggest hits include Real Love, Looking for a New Love, Everything, Some Kind of Lover and more.

So, what do you think of the Darnell and Jody connection, and her remembrances of his time as Jesse on AMC? share your thoughts in the comment section, and also check out the radio edit version of Jody’s new single below.

 

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‘Live with Kelly and Mark’ Scores Most-Watched Week of Syndicated Talk Shows in 2 Years; Delivers Strongest Week in Nearly 3 Years

In another case of soap alums doing great things, come news that former All My Children stars and real-life marrieds Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) are having a great ride together as on-screen co-hosts of the syndicated morning series, Live with Kelly and Mark.

New numbers were just released by ABC that share that during the week of January 15-19 2024: Live with Kelly and Mark hit series highs in Households (1.81 rating) and Total Viewers (2.673 million). Interestingly enough, former GH star, Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake) appeared on the show that week performing with friend and musician, Richard Marx.)

But there is more good news: Live with Kelly and Mark delivered the franchise’s strongest week in nearly 3 years in both Households and Total Viewers, as well as double-digit week-to-week increases in key demos over the last three weeks.

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With 2.673 million Total Viewers, ‘Live’ delivered the most-watched week of any syndicated talk show in 2 years ( since Dr. Phil second week of January in 2022).

In even more solid gains for this ratings report: the talker stood as the week’s top  daytime talk show in Households (1.81 rating) and Total Viewers (2.673 million). ‘Live’ also ranked as the No. 1 entertainment talk show of the week across all key Nielsen measures, topping all daytime and late-night entertainment talk shows.

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Overall the Live with Kelly and Mark is up 4%  from the the previous year averaging roughly 2.4M viewers across all of its episodes. ‘Live’ also stands as the season’s No. 1 entertainment talk show across all key Nielsen measures.

Consuleos arrived officially on the season on April 17th 2022 taking over for the departing Ryan Seacrest to co-host the show with Ripa. While many voiced concerns that the on-screen and off-screen coupling might make for lower ratings if they were not entertaining, just the opposite has happened, the series seems in a very healthy place; given the constant downturn in linear ratings and viewership in daytime TV.

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