Kelly Ripa Wishes Ryan Seacrest Happy Birthday with Some of Their 'Cheesy' Photos: 'Love You'
Ryan Seacrest celebrates his 46th birthday on Christmas Eve
On Thursday morning, Ripa celebrated her Live with Kelly and Ryan co-host's birthday by sharing a smattering of funny snapshots of the pair to her Instagram feed.
Subsequent photos show Ripa, 50, and Seacrest goofing off while using a metal detector on the beach, paddleboarding in a pool while fully clothed and more. The final snap features Ripa's husband Mark Consuelos smiling alongside Seacrest, their arms wrapped around each other's shoulders.
"Happy birthday to @ryanseacrest ! May your fondue be as cheesy as these photos. I love you ♥️😎🥵🎄👫🎂," Ripa wrote in the caption.
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Seacrest and Ripa, who began hosting the morning talk show together three years ago, chatted with Entertainment Tonight last month about their close dynamic, with Seacrest getting visibly emotional as longtime host Ripa showered him with compliments.
"He just brings a joyfulness, an enthusiasm, a professionalism and an authenticity to this place that I'm just so grateful to have here," said Ripa in the joint virtual interview from their set.
"I'm using every ounce of energy to fight back tears right now while she's saying that," Seacrest responded.
"Working with your friends is a great privilege. It is a joy, and I have to say that it is a rare thing to work with a guy who is so authentic and fun and joyful and humble and generous and kind to everyone," Ripa said. "What you see of Ryan on the air is the person he is backstage, which is a unique thing."
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Seacrest later added that his relationship with Ripa in real life translates seamlessly into their onscreen dynamic, and insisted that the daily program is "not just a television show" for them.
"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," said the American Idol host.
Ripa added that one of the "interesting" parts of their relationship is that they "usually text each other 15 times before the show. ... Yet we still have things to say on the air, which is weird."
"It's a weird codependency," she continued, joking, "We're happy to have our psychiatric episodes unfold before everyone on live TV."