Mark Consuelos Takes Over 'Live With Kelly and Ryan' as Ryan Seacrest Steps Down

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
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Fans of Live! With Kelly and Ryan can expect big changes. The popular daytime talk show is currently hosted by former sitcom star Kelly Ripa and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, but things are about to change.

No More Ryan!

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Ryan, 48, will stay on the show until Spring 2023. His replacement? It's a face that everyone knows and loves. It's also 52-year-old Kelly's husband, Mark Consuelos.

Mark Consuelos Is Joining

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
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The CW actor, who has been married to Kelly since 1996, is set to fill Ryan's shoes, and fans can speak of nothing else.

Ryan Says It's 'Bittersweet'

Host and producer Ryan has given no reason for his departure, however, he has made a statement. "I made the decision to make this my last season on Live with Kelly and Ryan. Which is bittersweet," he said.

Sources Have Info On His Decision

Sources reporting to The Daily Mail are claiming that Ryan struggled to reach his decision.

"This decision was difficult to make, but he never planned on doing this for 6 seasons… he’s ready to explore other opportunities," the media outlet reports.

How Long Has He Been On?

Ryan joined the show back in 2017 for what was initially due to be three years. He stayed twice the time, though. Bubbly blonde Kelly, meanwhile, has hosted since 2001.

Kelly Says She Trusts Him

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Kelly is known for her close relationship with Ryan. "I like to work with my friends. Ryan [Seacrest] and I work really well together because we have had a 20-plus-year friendship. We trust one another and admire each other," she has stated, per Hello.

Fans Will Miss Him

Fans might go wild for Kelly's humor and those killer pencil skirts, but Ryan has his army of fans, too. Social media quickly blew up after he confirmed his upcoming exit.

More Than Just A TV Show

Per Hello, Ryan opened up in 2020 to gush over both the show and Kelly.

"We do a television show, but it's not just a television show. We come in and we literally have our first cup of coffee together and catch up with each other as friends do, and that's the dynamic we hope we have with people who are watching as well," he shared.

Explains Extending 3 Years

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Ryan has opened up on how he ended up doing more than the planned three years on Live! He has said that he "loved the job" and being Kelly's cohost so much, that he chose to prolong his contract.

Kardashian Bucks

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Ryan has many strings to his bow and, for many years, served as an executive producer on Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The reality series ended in 2021.

Marks It On IG

Ryan is followed by over 6 million on Instagram. A recent share showed him promoting Idol, but he has also marked his exit on the platform.

Celebs Love Him

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Ryan's IG is a major celeb hotspot and is followed by stars including actress Bella Thorne, fashion mogul Jessica Simpson, and Hulu star Kris Jenner.

Mark Follows Him!

Of course, Ryan has close ties to Riverdale star Mark, who also follows Ryan. The actor and his wife Kelly share three children.

Mark's Hilarious Join Statement!

Mark has spoken out about joining the show as Ryan prepares to leave.

"I know I have some big shoes to fill … well actually they’re only a size 9, but you know what I mean," he stated.

Calls Kelly 'Ride Or Die'

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The dad of three also made sure to gush over Kelly. See what he had to say!

Loves Her Forever

Mark added: "@kellyripa my ride or die. This is going to be amazing! I can’t believe after all these years of listening to you talk for free, I found a way to get paid for it. Is this a great country or what?”

Watch This Space!

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Fans are keen to see Mark join, and Kelly is likely glad!

'Memorable Ride'

Meanwhile, Ryan has said that his time on the hit series has been a "memorable ride."

Sky's The Limit

Kelly and Mark are a true power couple, also loved for their long-lasting marriage and online flirting!