For the third consecutive day since accusations of sexual misconduct against him were made public, Ryan Seacrest kept mum on the issue during Thursday’s edition of Live with Kelly and Ryan. But his co-host, Kelly Ripa, gave him a strong vote of confidence.
While not directly speaking to the claim that Seacrest harassed his former stylist Suzie Hardy over a period of years, Ripa offered support to her colleague.
“I just want you to know that you are a privilege to work with, and I adore you,” Ripa said. “And I am speaking on behalf of all us here.”
The audience burst into applause. Ripa continued.
“I know what an easy, professional, great person you are and I feel very, very lucky to work with you each and every day,” she said. “We all do.”
Seacrest limited his comments, but did acknowledge Ripa’s remarks.
“You are happiness,” Seacrest told his co-host.
Ripa replied, “You’re happiness wrapped in chocolate.”
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