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(WATCH) Ryan Seacrest Signs Off From ‘Live’ and Passes the Mug to Mark Consuelos

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Friday April 14th brought the final episode of Ryan Seacrest as co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan.  It also provided the moment where Ryan passes the torch and his hosting gig over to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo, All My Children).

As previously reported, Consuelos joins his wife, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley, All My Children), as the new co-host of the ABC syndicated morning talk show making the series name change official to Live with Kelly and Mark.

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During his final episode, Ryan was treated to some retrospective clip packages of funny and emotional moments during his 6 years with the talker alongside Ripa.

As he said farewell to the behind the scenes crew, the audience at home, and Ripa, Seacrest expressed: “It’s not lost on me how fortunate I am to have held this seat for the last six years. I’ve spent my entire career talking. but today it’s hard to put into words how deeply I’ve appreciated being here and being with you, being invited into your homes every day. I’m honored to be part of this family”.  Ryan added: “You took this LA stranger and made me part of your family and welcomed me into this well-oiled machined that you have led for so many years. This is a special place.”

Ripa returned the sentiments stating: “I am so grateful that our success together on this show has led to us developing an even closer, yet also codependent, relationship. From the bottom of my heart, from the bottom of all our hearts, we just want to thank you for being an original, authentic addition to this show. You are forever our family.”

The episode taped yesterday turned out to be a very emotional one for Kelly and Ryan who told USA Today: “We were backstage waiting for Déjà (Vu Parker) to make the final announcement, and I looked at him, and we just locked eyes,” says Ripa. “And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! This sucks!’ And then we both started crying, and I was like, ‘No! No! We are not crying before we get out there. It’s going to be a disaster!'”

As Friday’s episode came to its conclusion, Mark Consuelos joined the on-screen goodbye party, and brought a very special ‘sardine’ cake and champagne.  It was then, that Seacrest officially passed the baton and handed Consuelos the morning coffee mug, which on one side read, “Live with Kelly and Ryan” to the other side which read, “Live with Kelly and Mark”.

Check out all the key moments from Ryan’s farewell episode below.

Now let us know if you will miss Ryan every morning on ‘Live’ or are you looking forward to seeing Kelly and Mark together as co-hosts? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Chrishell Stause and G Flip Tie the Knot

Selling Sunset star and soap alum, Chrishell Stause is married after one-year of dating to Australian-born musician, G Flip.

Stause, who formerly appeared on the soap operas; All My Children, Days of our Lives, and The Young and the Restless, took to her Instagram with a montage of photos sharing the news of her union with G Flip.

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The marriage was confirmed by Stause’s rep to PEOPLE.  Chrishell’s post also was used to promote G Flip’s brand new single, “Be Your Man” with a look at their year together in photos. The single was written by G Flip about their relationship with Stause.

The real estate broker/reality star shared: “Love doesn’t always go as planned … Sometimes it’s immeasurably better. Be Your Man is out now & linked in stories. If you ever get the pleasure of meeting G, know that you are meeting one of the kindest, funniest & most talented hard working people out there.  Please go stream! I love you so much @gflip ❤️‍🔥 #BeYourMan”

Previously, Chrishell was in a relationship for four years to Justin Hartley (ex-This Is Us, Y&R, Passions) before getting married.  The two eventually tied the knot in 2017 and were divorced in 2019.

Share your congratulations, thoughts, or well-wishes for Stause and G Flip on their marriage in the comment section below.


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Mark Consuelos Debut Week on ‘Live with Kelly and Mark’ Scores Highest Rating for Show Since Mid-January

They are off to a good start! Former All My Children stars, real-life husband and wife, and now co-hosts of Live with Kelly and Mark, fared well in Mark Consuelos’ (ex-Mateo) debut week.

Consuelos took over from Ryan Seacrest in the co-host chair opposite Ripa (ex-Hayley) on April 17th.  The couple’s debut-week landed them solid ratings, plus the syndicated morning series largest audience in three months.

According to Nielsen’s live+same-day data, Live with Kelly and Mark scored 2.4M viewers and a 1.7 Household rating.

Those stats make it the highest for both since the week of January 16.  The pairing also scored well on Live’s year-over-year averages in both total viewers and in the key demo. Live with Kelly and Mark was up 6% in ratings and 8% in total viewers.

In addition, Kelly and Mark were shown the love in the New York City market. The premiere week brought with it Live‘s most-watched week in nearly three years. Formerly, May of 2020 was the biggest numbers for a NY state of mind audience.

So, how do you like Kelly and Mark together as co-hosts thus far on ‘Live’? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Carol Burnett On Her 90th Birthday Recalls Agnes Nixon Offering Her the Role of All My Children’s Verla Grubbs

Last night on her 90th birthday, comedy legend Carol Burnett was honored during the NBC TV special, Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love.  Today, April 27th,the extended cut is available to stream on Peacock.

In an interview on her career with Vulture, Burnett discussed how she eventually wound up playing the role of Verla Grubbs on her favorite soap opera, All My Children.Burnett, first played the role in 1983.

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As many know, Carol was a professed longtime fan of Pine Valley, and over the years, many wondered if she asked for a role on the show and thus reached out to its legendary creator, Agnes Nixon.

Burnett revealed: “I didn’t have to. She volunteered. When I did questions and answers at the top of my show, I often talked about All My Children with the audience. I’d say, ‘Oh, I didn’t see it today. What happened?’ Because my lunch hour was built around watching All My Children. Agnes knew that, and she called and said, ‘Would you like it if I wrote a character for you?’ I said, ‘Absolutely!’ So on my hiatus, I flew back to New York and they had a whole story line for me. I was on it for two weeks, and I got to know Susan Lucci. Oh, and Susan is on the 90th! She flew out and I was thrilled. But soap operas are the hardest work, because, oh my God, you get 19 pages at night, you have to study the lines, and then you go do it in the morning. I really admire soap-opera actors, how they pull it off.”

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The character of Verla Grubbs (the daughter of Langley Wallingford) appeared on AMC several times in 1983, 1995, 2005 and 2011.

Check out Burnett as Verla below.

Now let us know if you admire Carol’s appreciation of the art form of the soaps, and if you loved her during her time on All My Children in the comment section below.

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