Ryan Seacrest back on ‘Live,’ blames ‘exhaustion’ after concerning ‘American Idol’ clip
Ryan Seacrest is back on TV.
The host returned to his post on “Live With Kelly and Ryan” on Tuesday morning, saying he took off Monday because of “exhaustion” amid fan speculation he could have had a stroke during Sunday’s “American Idol” finale.
“I want to thank Mark [Consuelos] for filling in yesterday,” Seacrest told co-host Kelly Ripa on Tuesday’s show. “He’s so good at it, also, all the very kind well-wishes for my exhaustion, working around the clock.”
He did not mention the concerns for his health on air.
Over the weekend, fans took to Twitter to express worry over Seacrest’s wellbeing as the 45-year-old appeared to flub some words while filming “American Idol.” Others noticed one of his eyes appeared larger than the other.
But Seacrest’s rep told People on Monday that he “did not have any kind of stroke,” saying the star has been “juggling three to four on-air jobs over the last few weeks and he’s in need of rest. So … he took a well-deserved day off [from ‘Live].”
“Like many people right now, Ryan is adjusting to the new normal and finding work-home balance, with the added stress of having to put on live shows from home,” the rep said.
Ripa, 49, also addressed Seacrest’s absence on Monday’s episode of “Live,” stating he “worked late last night on ‘American Idol,’ so he’s taking the morning off.”
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