Whereas Ryan Seacrest was compelled to take day off whereas affected by “exhaustion,” his morning present co-host Kelly Ripa has been selecting up the slack from a home within the Caribbean, Web page Six is advised.
Ripa, husband Mark Consuelos and their three youngsters have been secretly quarantining away from their Manhattan residence for the previous few months. She’s been filming ABC’s “Dwell With Kelly and Ryan” from an island hideaway. Pals are staying on the household’s NYC abode whereas Ripa and household are away. Seacrest is filming from his LA residence.
A supply advised us that the household was already within the Caribbean when the shelter-in-place order occurred in March. They made the household resolution to remain put.
Regardless of her tropical location, Ripa has made it no secret that she’s been struggling amid lockdown, as she teared up on air as she advised how she’s lacking her dad and mom — and coping with unruly children who “gained’t hug me.”
“I’m like, ‘Guys, we’ve all been on lockdown collectively. We’re effective, you can provide me a hug,” she mentioned.
“Kelly’s been a superb soldier, as she all the time has been. It’s necessary to her to maintain working — and it was tremendous necessary to her and Mark to donate to pandemic reduction,” the supply mentioned. (Ripa and Consuelos donated $1 million to COVID-19 causes in March.)
The household, as of Thursday, had been nonetheless overseas, the place they celebrated the oldest son, Michael, graduating from NYU.
In the meantime, Consuelos has been filling in for Seacrest when he’s been off the air, most lately on Monday after Seacrest prompted fears for his well being whereas internet hosting the “American Idol” finale Sunday night time.
Seacrest was compelled to disclaim he had suffered a stroke, and when he returned to “Dwell” Tuesday morning, he mentioned he took the break day as a result of “exhaustion,” and thanked Consuelos for stepping in on the final minute.
Debra O’Connell, president and normal supervisor of WABC, which produces “Dwell,” commented: “We’ve got required our employees to work remotely till we resolve to return to studio operations. We’re extremely grateful for all that Kelly, Ryan and [executive producer Michael] Gelman have achieved to make ‘Dwell With Kelly and Ryan’ the No. 1 syndicated daytime speak present throughout this time.”
Though the household had tried to maintain their quarantine vacation spot quiet, daughter Lola posted a telephone of them touchdown within the Caribbean on her Instagram tales, saying “residence.”
Ripa advised an ABC digital city corridor: “We had deliberate a visit for our household, and it was presupposed to be our whole household, after all.
“And we arrive and three days later the complete world modified, actually, the whole lot shut down, the federal government shut down, our nation shut down.
“I hate to make use of the phrase ‘caught’, however we had been. We determined to remain the place we had been.”
The host mentioned it was “distressing” that each her and her husband’s dad and mom had been as a result of be part of them.
She mentioned she and Seacrest determined to maintain doing the present for some normalcy, including: “I believe it’s been a fantastic profit to have one another, to have our viewing viewers …”