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Ryan Seacrest returns to work with Kelly Ripa and blames exhaustion for the American Idol incident

Ryan Seacrest was in a good mood when he rejoined Kelly Ripa on Tuesday morning for Live With Kelly and Ryan.

The TV presenter was absent from Monday’s episode after raising concerns that he suffered a stroke during the live American Idol final the previous night.

Speaking about his absence, 45-year-old Seacrest said he took the day off due to ‘exhaustion’ and thanked Kelly’s husband Mark Consuelos for coming in as a guest host at the last minute.

He's back! Ryan Seacrest returned to Live With Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday after his absence Monday following a disturbing clip from his broadcast American Idol

He’s back! Ryan Seacrest returned to Live With Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday after his absence Monday following a disturbing clip from his broadcast American Idol

Working too hard: The TV presenter didn't address fears about his health, but thanked Kelly's husband Mark Consuelos for stepping in for him when he took the day off

Working too hard: The TV presenter did not address his health fears, but thanked Kelly's husband Mark Consuelos for stepping in for him when he took the day off

Working too hard: The TV presenter didn’t address fears about his health, but thanked Kelly’s husband Mark Consuelos for stepping in for him when he took the day off

“I want to thank Mark [Consuelos] for filling in yesterday, ‘the TV and radio personality told Kelly.

“He’s so good at it, all very good wishes for my exhaustion. I work around the clock so I have a day off to relax. And here we are again at Live. ‘

Seacrest made no mention of his health concerns.

On Monday, he denied having had a stroke after appearing to have trouble reading his script during the final broadcast of American Idol.

Thank you: Ryan was grateful for 'best regards for my exhaustion, working around the clock'.

Thank you: Ryan was grateful for 'best regards for my exhaustion, working around the clock'.

Thank you: Ryan was grateful for ‘best regards for my exhaustion, working around the clock’.

Fans took to Twitter to share their concerns after the 45-year-old seemed to slurp his words towards the end of the show. Viewers also noticed that his right eye looked smaller than his left.

A representative for Ryan told the story People on Monday: “Ryan didn’t have a single stroke last night”,

“Like so many people right now, Ryan is adapting to the new normal and finding the work-life balance, with the added stress of putting on live shows from home.”

The producer – known as one of the hardest-working people in showbiz – was absent from Live with Kelly & Ryan on Monday morning, with his rep explaining that he needed a day off.

Between Live with Kelly and Ryan, American Idol, On Air with Ryan Seacrest and the Disney Family Singalong specials, he has thrown three to four on-air jobs in recent weeks and needs a rest,

“So he took a well-deserved day off today.” the representative added.

Kelly told viewers on Monday that Ryan “ decided to take the morning off ” after “ working late on American Idol. ”

Kelly’s husband, Mark Consuelos, acted as a guest co-host for the show.

The usually flawless TV veteran seemed so bad that dozens of viewers shared their concerns on social media wondering if Ryan was sick or if he had had a stroke.

Regarding: Seacrest denied that he suffered a stroke on Sunday after appearing to struggle during the broadcast of American Idol

Regarding: Seacrest denied that he suffered a stroke on Sunday after appearing to struggle during the broadcast of American Idol

Regarding: Seacrest denied that he suffered a stroke on Sunday after appearing to struggle during the broadcast of American Idol

A representative for Ryan told People on Monday, “Ryan didn’t have a single stroke last night,”

Is he doing okay? The experienced TV presenter appeared of its kind towards the end of the broadcast

Is he doing okay? The experienced TV presenter appeared of its kind towards the end of the broadcast

Is he doing okay? The experienced TV presenter appeared of its kind towards the end of the broadcast

The usually flawless TV veteran seemed so bad that dozens of viewers shared their social media concerns, wondering if Ryan was sick or if he had had a stroke

The usually flawless TV veteran seemed so bad that dozens of viewers shared their social media concerns, wondering if Ryan was sick or if he had had a stroke

The usually flawless TV veteran seemed so bad that dozens of viewers shared their social media concerns, wondering if Ryan was sick or if he had had a stroke

The usually flawless TV veteran seemed so bad that dozens of viewers shared their social media concerns, wondering if Ryan was sick or if he had had a stroke

The usually flawless TV veteran seemed so bad that dozens of viewers shared their social media concerns, wondering if Ryan was sick or if he had had a stroke

“I’m a speech therapist and just saw Ryan Seacrest at the end of the American Idol show. His right eye and corner of the right side of his mouth both seemed to hang in the air. He seemed disoriented for a moment, and his speech was slurred, “one person noted.

“Ryan Seacrest are you okay?” You look like something is wrong, “one fan wrote while another said,” I think something is wrong with Ryan Seacrest, BIG TIME. Has anyone else noticed their eye and the speech delay? ‘

Ryan has not addressed social media concerns and his only tweet on Sunday was a congratulatory message for the season three winner, Just Sam.

Something's Wrong: Viewers expressed concern after Ryan seemed to be struggling through his script

Something's Wrong: Viewers expressed concern after Ryan seemed to be struggling through his script

Something’s Wrong: Viewers expressed concern after Ryan seemed to be struggling through his script

Congratulations to our Season 3 winner, @CoJustsam! #IdolFinale ‘he wrote after the finale aired.

Since the coronavirus pandemic seized the nation in March, American Idol, along with many other TV productions, stopped production with live studio audiences.

The long-running ABC talent show instead switched to a remote, partly live, partly taped hybrid with participants performing from home.

“I hope he’s okay”: A fan said it was “such a bizarre ending” to the show

Co-Hosting Couple: Kelly's husband, Mark Consuelos, filled in as the guest co-host for the show on Monday morning

Co-Hosting Couple: Kelly's husband, Mark Consuelos, filled in as the guest co-host for the show on Monday morning

Co-Hosting Couple: Kelly’s husband, Mark Consuelos, filled in as the guest co-host for the show on Monday morning

Pause: Ryan rarely takes time off from his shows, so fans were more concerned that he missed Monday's show. He's seen with Kelly in a previous episode last week

Pause: Ryan rarely takes time off from his shows, so fans were more concerned that he missed Monday's show. He's seen with Kelly in a previous episode last week

Pause: Ryan rarely takes time off from his shows, so fans were more concerned that he missed Monday’s show. He’s seen with Kelly in a previous episode last week

Earlier this month, Ryan opened up to People about how challenging it was to manage his crazy busy schedule in these unprecedented times.

“We put the show together earlier in the week because there are so many factors,”

“Every now and then we have to be careful not to get on each other while we talk, because there is that delay that we have all experienced talking to our families at home about different Zooms and things like that.”

Hard at Work: Since the March coronavirus pandemic conquered the nation, American Idol, along with many other TV productions, has ceased production with live studio audiences

Hard at Work: Since the March coronavirus pandemic conquered the nation, American Idol, along with many other TV productions, has ceased production with live studio audiences

Hard at Work: Since the March coronavirus pandemic conquered the nation, American Idol, along with many other TV productions, has ceased production with live studio audiences

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