Ryan Seacrest Absent 2nd Consecutive Day on ‘Live With Kelly and Ryan’

by Matthew Wilson

Fans of “Live With Kelly and Ryan” are probably wondering where is Ryan Seacrest? The talk show host has been mysteriously absent from the show for the 2nd consecutive day.

Before any over-excited fans slap Seacrest’s image on a milk carton, it appears a scheduling conflict is keeping Seacrest from the show. Recently, the TV personality shared an Instagram image of him on a rooftop adorned with an “American Idol” logo. Another image shows Seacrest backstage in a makeup room. He captioned the image, “Working hard or hardly working?”

Seacrest, of course, grew to national prominence for hosting the musical competition. As judges have come and gone, Seacrest has maintained his hosting duties across all 18 seasons. Seacrest will return to the show for a 19th season in 2021, and apparently, the scheduling overlapped.

Andy Cohen is filling in for Seacrest for the second consecutive day. And Seacrest better be careful or Cohen might steal his job. Cohen appeared excited to be on the show with Kelly Ripa, joining her in the show’s Instagram pre-episode video. The video revealed Cohen will be stepping into Seacrest’s role once again.

Ryan Seacrest Has Been Absent Before

This hasn’t been the first time this year that Seacrest has missed filming. Previously, he was out for two episodes in September after developing a sore throat. He also missed a few episodes in October for a mild cough. These absents were done according to COVID-19 protocols on set.

Ripa, herself, was out in early December for an episode. She took a momentary leave to spend time with her husband Mark Consuelos, who has been away filming “Riverdale” in Canada.

But by this point, fans of the “Live With” series are used to change. The program originally started as “The Morning Show” in 1983. The TV show was then hosted by the late Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford for 12 years. In 2001, Ripa joined the show after Gifford left. The duo hosted the show together until Philbin retired in 2011, leaving Ripa with a revolving door of co-hosts. Michael Strahan hosted the show with Ripa for four years before leaving for “Good Morning America.”

Finally, Seacrest joined in 2017 giving the show its current iteration. It remains to be seen when Seacrest might return.