Kelly Ripa All Smiles In Slit Skirt For 'Live' Return

Kelly Ripa smiles at an event
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Kelly Ripa is back and better than ever. The 50-year-old talk show queen fronted media outlets throughout last week for taking five full days off, with the Live! With Kelly and Ryan host eventually confirmed as enjoying some private time by 45-year-old co-host Ryan Seacrest. With three fill-ins and comments over Kelly's absence, fans were this week greeted with the blonde's big return, and it was a leggy and tight look for the mom of three and her famous killer figure. Check it out below.

She's Back!

Kelly Ripa leggy and seated

Scroll for the video. It comes as Kelly, who is rarely off the air, makes fresh headlines for massive bikini action as she gears up for husband Mark Consuelos' 50th birthday tomorrow. The former All My Children actress, back with American Idol host Ryan on Monday, was filmed pepped-up and with plenty of energy, with footage seeing her prepping to get behind that desk.

The video showed Kelly welcomed by applause and making her way to the desk while flashing her sensational body and sense of style.

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Wearing a tight and classy long-sleeved top in ivory, the Persona Nutrition face paired her look with an impeccable dark and slit pencil skirt, also rocking her famous high heels, plus her glasses. Ryan, meanwhile, was looking his usual dapper self in a suit.

"It is Monday," Ryan was heard saying after the famous two-some were introduced. A caption from the show merely said: "Tune in now!"

Fans, however, were quick to complain. "Isn't this a repeat show?" one asked. "Repeats...???? Why??" another said. See more photos after the video.

Kelly's Week Off

Kelly, who did share Instagram content with her 2.9 million Instagram followers during her week off - she marked National Puppy Day - was replaced by stars including Maria Menounos and Ali Wentworth, with the pint-sized star not herself explaining her absence. It caused a giant hoopla, though, as fans wondered where she might be. Footage on Kelly's stories likely came from her $27 million NYC townhouse and showed her dogs.

Kelly has also been making headlines for those Mark Consuelos kissing snaps. See them below!

All About Husband

Kelly Ripa and husband on red carpet
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Kelly, herself turning 50 last year, is now prepping for her husband joining her. Posting beach throwbacks from 2011 and sharing a passionate kiss with husband of over 24 years Mark, Kelly wrote: 

"fbf 2011 a light PDA moment in celebration of #MC40. 🥳 countdown to #MC50 which will be a virtual celebration this year 🎂."

Kelly was last year ditched by Ryan on Live, with him taking two days off. One was "off," with the other seeing him anxiously await the results of a COVID test.