Kelly Ripa was out and about on Tuesday when she and husband Mark Consuelos were spotted strolling around Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
The 52-year-old Live! With Kelly and Ryan, the host was seen covered in a black KF94 mask after her co-star Ryan Seacrest announced earlier in the day that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Kelly and her actor husband, 51, were both sporty dressed for the city outing, which followed statements by her predecessor Kathie Lee Gifford that she would not read Kelly’s new memoir, which touches on her working relationship with the late Regis Philbin.
Kelly looked cozy in a simple white hoodie, which she wore with the hood down.
She paired the garment with baggy black sweatpants and sleek white Nike trainers, and carried a black backpack slung over a single shoulder.
The talk show host and occasional actress wore her blonde hair pulled back in a casual ponytail and she kept the bright sun out of her eyes with a pair of black sunglasses.
Mark showed off his torn biceps in a gray t-shirt, which he covered with a baggy black down vest.
He kept the minimalist vibe with his own black sweatpants and complemented his wife’s shoes with white Adidas trainers while sporting cool aviator shades.
Kelly took care of others by wearing her mask after Ryan announced on social media that he had contracted COVID-19.
“I don’t know how I avoided it for so long but unfortunately I tested positive for COVID-19 a few days ago and am currently in quarantine,” he wrote in a statement on Twitter.
He reported experiencing the “usual symptoms” of the disease, but kept his message light-hearted, adding, “I’ll be in bed watching TV this week, so please let me know if you have any recommendations (especially for gourmet shows!) .’
Seacrest, who has hosted American Idol for 20 years, became Kelly’s full-time co-host in 2017.
Luckily, Kelly’s husband Mark, due to his position in the entertainment industry, was perfectly placed to serve as her guest presenter while Ryan isolates and recovers. She previously contracted the disease in May this year.
Mark and Kelly’s outing was overshadowed by Kathie Lee Gifford – who co-hosted an earlier version of her popular morning show with her former co-star Regis Philbin – saying she wouldn’t read Kelly’s new memoir Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories .
The 69-year-old TV personality said Monday on Good Day New York that she was put off by early news about the book, which details the complicated relationship Ripa had with Philbin, who died in July 2020 aged 88 died.
“I really regretted the headlines,” Gifford said. “We see headlines all the time, and you never know what’s true and what’s not. I was in Israel and I saw this and I was like, “Oh I hope that’s not true, I just hope that’s not true,” because what’s the point? I do not get it.’
She continued: I will not read the book. I did not read it. I don’t even know if it’s out yet.’
In the book, Ripa describes how she didn’t have much repartee with Philbin when the cameras weren’t rolling.
Gifford worked with Philbin on Live from 1985 to 2000, with Ripa joining the show in 2001 and saying she cherishes her own memories of Philbin.
“I really know what Regis was to me,” she said. “For 15 years he was the best partner a person could ever have – professionally. But he was my friend, we were dear friends. And after I left the show, over the next 20 years, we became better friends, dearer friends. I saw him two weeks before he died.’
Gifford said that she and Philbin “always picked up right where we left off” and “were absolutely perfect together for television.”
Gifford said she and Philbin always got along and never saw him be mean to people.
“We never had an argument — not an unkind word in 15 years, so that was my reality,” she said. “In all the years I’ve known him, I’ve never seen him unkind to anyone; I never did.’
She added of Ripa, “I won’t say anything ugly about anyone: I never did and I’m not going to start now. I’m just saying my reality is something completely different.’