Ryan Seacrest All Smiles For Kelly Ripa's Leggy 'Live' Return

Ryan Seacrest smiles close up
Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest was one giant grin as Kelly Ripa made her triumphant Live! With Kelly and Ryan return today. The 50-year-old talk show queen wound up front-page news for the whole of last week as she took some well-earned time off, with Monday seeing the former All My Children actress back on set. Earlier today, and shortly before air time, the syndicated talk show shared pre-series footage of the famous duo as they geared to go live, with Kelly back to her usual stylish self.

She's Back!

Scroll for the video. Kelly, who has hosted the series since 2001 and proves mighty popular, was back and on good form. The mom of three, who was last week replaced by stars including Maria Menounos and Ali Wentworth, had slipped her stunning figure into the tightest of slit pencil skirts, with a tight and ivory top proving likewise clingy. It isn't Kelly Ripa without sky-high stilettos, ones the blonde rocked with ease.

Kelly and Ryan were filmed heading to the desk, with Ryan reminding everyone it was "Monday."

See The Video!

Kelly's waistline might be a talking point, but right now, it's the star's activities as she both returns to the set and gears up for 49-year-old husband Mark Consuelos' birthday tomorrow. See more photos after the video.

Kelly, who turned 50 last year and hinted that she might be done with morning TV, spoke to Parade as she revealed what she's been up to. 

“I’ve been writing a lot, 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." See more photos below! 

Staying Because Of Ryan?

Kelly Ripa and Ryan walking backstage

Also dished by the Persona Nutrition face is the close bond she and 45-year-old Seacrest shares. Speaking of the American Idol host, Kelly added:

“We’ve been friends for two decades, and I’ve got to tell you he is really such a draw to me there. I just love working with him so much. He makes every day feel like I’m not working and that’s when you know you have a great working relationship.”

Scroll For Ryan's wild whipped coffee video with collagen!

Going Strong At 50

Kelly, who told The Cut that she likens her body to Peter Pan in 2019, is the little engine that could. The workout queen, who has made headlines for following a somewhat alkaline diet and last year revealed she's alcohol free, is proving the 20-somethings can shove it with her fierce muscles, with Kelly having landed herself a sweet promo gig as a result. The blonde is the face of tailored vitamins and supplements brand Persona Nutrition. She credits Persona for her good sleep.