NEW YORK CITY -- After six seasons at "Live with Kelly and Ryan," co-host Ryan Seacrest is saying goodbye to the beloved ABC morning talk show.
"Kelly turned the corner and said, 'Oh my gosh, am I going to cry?' And I said, 'Maybe, because I am'" Seacrest said after his last time walking on set as an official co-host.
It's a bittersweet moment for fans of the show, who have watched Seacrest and Ripa form a special bond and share unforgettable moments with their viewers since he joined as co-host in 2017. Kelly's husband, actor Mark Consuelos, will be settling into Ryan's chair starting on Monday, April 17. Mark is a fan-favorite who has often filled in as a co-host on the show over the years.
Dr. Jill Biden joined as a special guest to celebrate Ryan's final day as co-host. Dr. Biden also talked about how April is the official Month of the Military Child.
In addition to the historic visit from the First Lady of the United States, the special farewell episode featured surprises and a retrospective look back on Ryan's years as co-host on "Live" -- the No. 1 entertainment talk show on television.
Fans also voted for their favorite Ryan moment, revealed on Friday's show: when the co-host fell out of his chair.
"I'm shocked!" Seacrest joked.
When Ryan announced departure back in February, he told viewers that he was leaving to concentrate on "American Idol" and other projects.
You can rest assured this is not the last of Ryan you'll see on "Live." He will come back to visit from time to time.
If you've spent your mornings watching Kelly and Ryan, you know this TV power duo does not pass up an opportunity to have fun.
The time Kelly and Ryan wore 40 different costumes for their Halloween show. Kelly told ABC7NY: "This is our audience's favorite show of the year."
The time Kelly and Ryan hit the "highway", traveling virtually on-air one year after the pandemic began.
The time Kelly and Ryan wore outrageous holiday sweaters and were accompanied by star-studded groups of guests.
The time Kelly and Ryan celebrated summer fun by featuring hometown chefs with delicious creations.
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