Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa made their debut as co-hosts on Live With Kelly and Mark on Monday, April 17th, and both of them were excited about their new partnership. The couple has been married for over two decades and has three children together.
Consuelos, 52, shared with Us Weekly, “This show today truly felt like home. I always feel at home with Kelly but [working] together this morning just felt so right.” He added, “Kelly and I have always [felt] the most [at] ease when we’re together and I feel so lucky we get to do that daily.”
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Ripa, 52, who had been co-hosting with Ryan Seacrest for six seasons before Consuelos joined her, had nothing but praise for her husband’s performance. “Mark did amazing! Better than I even thought,” she said. “I look forward to a long TV partnership with him.”
The couple’s debut as co-hosts marked the end of Seacrest’s run on the show. In February, Seacrest announced that he would be leaving the show after nearly six years, and Consuelos was announced as his replacement. Seacrest expressed his support for the decision via Instagram, saying, “And congratulations to my brother Mark, feel free to remodel my dressing room!”
During Seacrest’s final episode on Friday, April 15th, Consuelos surprised him with a giant cake to celebrate his time on the show. Seacrest then gave his Live mug to Consuelos as a symbolic passing of the torch.
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly published on Sunday, April 16th, Ripa spoke about her future on the talk show. “Every time you get a new co-host, it’s like a little jolt of energy,” she said. “But to be clear, I am always thinking about retiring. It is my favorite topic of discussion.”
Consuelos and Ripa met on the set of the soap opera All My Children in the ’90s, where they played the characters of Mateo and Hayley. They got married in 1996 and have been together ever since. The couple has been open about their love for each other in interviews and on social media.
Fans of the couple were thrilled to see them co-hosting the show together, with many taking to social media to express their excitement. “Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa are the cutest co-hosts ever!” one fan tweeted. “Love seeing them together.”
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As for the future of the show, it seems that Consuelos and Ripa are excited about what’s to come, “I can’t wait to see where we can go from here.” And Ripa seems to be on board, saying, “He’s a natural and I have a good feeling this is going to be great for a while.”
For now, fans can tune in to Live With Kelly and Mark to see the couple in action. And who knows, maybe they’ll be co-hosting for many years to come.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have long been a beloved couple in Hollywood, and their first day hosting Live With Kelly and Mark together was no exception. Fans of the ABC talk show were thrilled to see the couple’s natural chemistry as they took over from Ryan Seacrest, who stepped down after six seasons as co-host.
Consuelos, who is best known for his roles in shows like Riverdale and Alpha House, was excited to join his wife as her official co-host on the show. In an interview with Us Weekly, he said that working together felt “so right” and that he felt lucky to be able to do it every day. Ripa, for her part, was equally thrilled with the couple’s first day as co-anchors, saying that Consuelos did even better than she had expected.
The couple’s partnership on Live began after Seacrest announced in February that he would be leaving the show. Consuelos was named as his replacement, and Seacrest fully supported the decision. In an Instagram post, he congratulated Consuelos and promised to share his food photos, chicken eggs, and olive oil with Ripa.
Consuelos, in turn, joked that he had big shoes to fill but was ready for the challenge. On Seacrest’s final episode of Live, Consuelos brought him a giant cake to celebrate his time on the show, and Seacrest passed the symbolic torch to him by giving him his Live mug.
Now that the couple has officially taken over the show, fans are eager to see where they will take it. Ripa has said that she is always thinking about retiring, but for now, she is excited to work alongside her husband and bring their unique brand of humor and charm to the show.
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As Live’s executive producer, Ripa is no stranger to working with co-hosts. Over the years, she has shared the stage with a variety of personalities, including Regis Philbin, Michael Strahan, and Seacrest. But her partnership with Consuelos is special because of their real-life connection. The couple first met on the set of All My Children in the 1990s, where they played love interests, Hayley and Mateo. They went on to marry in 1996 and have three children together.
Their personal history has made them fan favorites on Live, and their chemistry on screen is undeniable. As they take the reins of the show, fans can expect to see more of their signature banter and playful interactions. With their infectious energy and easy rapport, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are sure to make Live With Kelly and Mark a must-watch show for years to come.
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