Kelly Ripa Gets Brutally Honest About Her Actual Relationship With ‘Live’ Star Ryan Seacrest


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  • Kelly Ripa opened up about her close relationship with Ryan Seacrest.

  • The pair have been friends for 20 years.

  • She said that, at this point, they can basically read each other’s minds.

If you’re a faithful fan of Live With Kelly and Ryan, you understand the absence that looms over the set when one of the dynamic duo takes a vacation day. Although a more than qualified substitute gladly fills in, the show is never the same without the two of them together. That’s because Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest have a very special relationship. In a recent appearance on the Dear Gabby podcast, Ripa went as far as to call him the “kid brother I never had.”

Their 20-year history is evident when the two are on-screen together. The banter is fluid and hilarious, and they often finish each other’s sentences and throw in perfect segues. Of course, their broadcast biz experience has little to do with that savvy-ness, but Ripa admits that, at this point, they can pretty much read each other’s minds.

“What is unique is that the two of us have, I don’t wanna say a psychic ability, but we have a shorthand,” she said. “We have an ability to read each other in a way where I know where his breaking points are and he knows where mine are. And so when bad things happen we are able to—behind the scenes—connect and say, ‘It’s gonna be OK, I’ll take this one, I got it.’”

“Certain events are so earth-shattering and they feel so insurmountable,” she said, referring to the news they deliver, but they’re easier to get through together, on and off-camera, she added.

“We’ve known each other a really long time. He’s the kid brother I never had,” she continued. “So we’ve known each other, and we trust each other, and we respect each other. We have a really unique off-camera friendship ... which doesn’t happen very often. So we had that going in.”

Seacrest has echoed that sentiment a number of times, even tearing up in a 2020 interview with Entertainment Tonight when Ripa bragged about his kindness and talent. On Ripa’s recent birthday, he dedicated a sweet post to her on Instagram.

“Happy birthday to a dear friend, co-host, brilliant author, and devoted wife & mother. It’s a privilege and a joy to get to work with you every day,” he wrote. “Cheers @kellyripa!”

And cheers to their adorable friendship. ❤️

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