Ryan Seacrest was out for two days this week since he was under the weather and getting tested for COVID-19, but OK! has learned that Kelly Ripa might have been the reason as to why he didn’t come to work.
OK! spoke with multiple sources familiar with the situation, and they all agreed that there was no real health scare with Seacrest, 45. “He and the judges on American Idol are getting tested daily, adhering to social distance guidelines, and they reworked the entire season so that the contestants are coming to them [in California]. And if Ryan were really feeling that sick he would never have agreed to tape with Katy [Perry] over the weekend, who has a newborn at home,” an insider spills.
“Ryan filmed American Idol over the weekend and filmed Monday and Tuesday for their national auditions that would not have interfered with Live With Kelly and Ryan, but Kelly was pissed when she heard about his schedule,” a source exclusively tells OK!. “There was no Idol when Ryan signed on to co-host. Kelly felt like it was just like [her former co-host] Michael Strahan, who would leave her for football every weekend, and then he took the Good Morning America job. Kelly was very clear with Ryan that she wanted someone who was fully committed to the show and was not going to waltz in and out for an hour each day.”
It should also be noted that the Monday episode of Seacrest’s radio show went live on the first day he was noticeably absent from Live.
Ultimately, it sounds like Ripa is fed up with Seacrest’s many gigs. “The man is tested daily in Los Angeles while doing Idol. Kelly also refused to entertain the notion of him cohosting from home, which they did for months and are set up to do now. It was basically a warning and her way of making it clear to network executives and Ryan that she is the draw,” the source explains.
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