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Kelly Ripa gets honest about her onscreen ‘chemistry’ with Live co-host Ryan Seacrest in revealing interview

KELLY Ripa has lifted the lid on her on-screen chemistry with Live co-host Ryan Seacrest in a revealing tell-all interview.

Kelly, 51, revealed the secret behind "good on-screen chemistry" to The Wall Street Journal. 

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest 'have had a 20-plus-year friendship'Credit: ABC
Kelly and Ryan have 'deep workplace discussions'Credit: NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via

The Live with Kelly and Ryan star revealed she preferred to "work with my friends."

The TV star has been able to work well with Ryan, 47, because the two "have had a 20-plus-year friendship."

The Hope and Faith star admitted that she and the American Idol personality "trust one another and admire each other."

Kelly concluded: "We involve each other in our deep workplace discussions, which was such a new thing for me. "

The Live stars recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of hosting their talk show.

After watching a montage of photos of himself with his family, Ryan teared up a bit, chuckled, and said: "I actually can't talk.

"It kind of does get us every time seeing our families on here and a sappy song like that."

He confessed: "We do get choked up."

Kelly laughed and pointed out: "We do. Especially you."


The Broad City guest star promoted her book, Live Wire: Long Winded Short Stories, with the publication.

The TV star originally set out to write her book in 2020, but her confidence began to fade the more she started jotting things down.

Kelly said: "I have the opposite of impostor syndrome. I think that because I enjoy doing something because I enjoy reading, I can write a book."

The All My Children star revealed she has big plans for herself in the future.

Kelly shared: "My ultimate goal is to get off camera.

"Because I really do enjoy the process of behind-the-scenes creativity more than being in front of the camera."

It is unclear when the former soap opera star plans to step back from the ABC show, or her other TV projects.


Behind the camera, Kelly is one of the executive producers on the Lifetime Ripped from the Headlines movie, Let's Get Physical.

Let's Get Physical - which stars Kelly's son Michael, 25 - is scheduled to air on Lifetime on October 15th.

Kelly and her husband, Mark Consuelos, 51, share their sons, Michael and Joaquin Antonio, 19, and daughter Lola Grace, 21.

The couple celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary at the beginning of May. 

She paid tribute to the day with a photo of the lovey-dovey pair cuddling and called Mark the "love of my life." 

The two married in a quickie $179 wedding in Las Vegas back in 1996. 

Kelly has plans to 'get off camera' after Live with Kelly and RyanCredit: ABC ENTERTAINMENT
Kelly shared that she and Ryan 'trust one another and admire each other'Credit: Getty
Kelly and Ryan celebrated their fifth anniversary hosting togetherCredit: Getty