Then on May 18, Seacrest’s absent from his co-hosting gig on US morning show Live with Kelly and Ryan caused concern at the show’s network ABC.
An ABC source told the New York Post some of the show’s production team were only made aware of Seacrest’s absence less than 30 minutes before they were to go live on air.
“It was a last-minute thing and there was a sense of panic at ABC when we were told that Ryan couldn’t make it that morning,” the source said.
Live with Kelly and Ryan is being filmed remotely, with Seacrest at his LA home and Kelly Ripa at her holiday home in the Caribbean, where she and her family have been quarantined since March.
“Ryan worked late last night so he is taking the morning off,” Ripa said on-air that morning, with her husband Mark Consuelos joining her last minute to co-host the show.
The speculation and concern forced Seacrest’s…