While Ryan Seacrest was forced to make time for suffering from “fatigue,” his morning show co-host Kelly Ripa took the slack from a Caribbean home, Page Six said.
Ripa, husband Mark Consuelos and their three children have been secretly fighting away from their Manhattan home in recent months. He filmed “Live With Kelly and Ryan” from a secret island. Friends stayed in the NYC family while Ripa and family were away. The seacrest was filmed from his home in LA.
A source told us the family was in the Caribbean when the order-in-place was released in March. They made the family’s decision to stay put.
Despite his location in the tropics, Ripa does not hide that he is struggling in the middle of lock-up, torn in the air as he tells how he is missing his parents – and interacts with unrealistic teens who “don’t I will embrace. “
“I was like, ‘Guys, we’re all locked up together. We’re fine, you can hug me,'” he said.
“Kelly was a good soldier, as she always was. It was important for her to continue working – and it was very important for her and Mark to provide pandemic assistance,” the source said. (Ripa and Consuelos donated $ 1 million to COVID-19 in March.)
The family, as of Thursday, is still overseas, where they celebrated their oldest child, daughter Michael, who graduated from NYU.
Meanwhile, Consuelos was filling in for Seacrest when he was on the air, culminating on Monday after Seacrest sparked fears of his health while hosting the “American Idol” finale Sunday night.
Seacrest was forced to deny that he had a stroke, and when he returned to “Live” Tuesday morning, he said he was leaving the day due to “fatigue,” and thanked Consuelos for coming in at the last minute.
Debra O ‘Connell, president and general manager of WABC, who produces “Live,” commented: “We need our staff to work consciously until we decide to return to studio operations. We are incredible. thank you to Kelly, Ryan and everyone [executive producer Michael] Gelman made ‘Live With Kelly and Ryan’ the No. 1 syndicated day show talk at this time. “
Although the family tried to keep their quarantine site quiet, their grandmother Lola posted a picture of them landing in the Caribbean in her Instagram stories, saying “home.”
Ripa told an ABC virtual town hall: “We are planning a trip for our family, and it should be our whole family.
“And we came and within three days, the whole world changed, really, everything was closed, the government was closing, our country was closed.
“I didn’t want to use the word ‘stuck’, but we did. We decided to stay where we were.”
The host said it was “stressful” that he and his wife’s parents would not be together.
He said he and Seacrest decided to continue doing the show for some normalcy, adding: “I think it’s a great benefit to each other, to have our audience watching …”