Kelly Ripa has been a fixture of daytime television for the past two decades, but she hopes to eventually transition to a behind-the-scenes role.
The Live! co-host, who turned 50 earlier this month, reflected on what’s next in a recent interview with Parade.
“I’ve been writing a lot,” she said. “So my goal ultimately would be to eventually get off camera and start working behind the camera more in that creative aspect because I really do enjoy the writing process so much.”
As it turns out, her co-host and longtime friend Ryan Seacrest is part of the reason she hasn’t bowed out yet.
“I talk about this with Ryan all the time because I was really looking to retire like by now, but Ryan Seacrest is so fabulous to work with and he is such a good friend,” she said. “We’ve been friends for two decades, and I’ve got to tell you he is really such a draw to me there.”
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“I just love working with him so much,” she added. “He makes every day feel like I’m not working and that’s when you know you have a great working relationship.”
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Ripa joined the ABC syndicated morning talk show as the late Regis Philbin’s official co-host in 2001 following Kathie Lee Gifford’s departure. After Philbin retired in 2011, Michael Strahan was selected as Ripa’s next co-host. Strahan announced his departure in 2016 for a full-time Good Morning America role, and Ripa spent a year trying out potential co-hosts. Finally, Seacrest landed the spot.
Speaking to PEOPLE after the announcement in 2017, Ripa explained that she chose the American Idol host because they already had such a good relationship.
“It had to be somebody we would all want to hang out with — and not just on camera,” she said. “Because we all do hang out together when we’re not on-camera. That’s an important thing.”
“He is just so professional and kind to everyone — and it’s not just ‘on-camera kind,'” she continued. “He doesn’t turn it on and off. He’s kind backstage, and he’s kind first thing in the morning.”
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