Kelly Ripa's Fill-In Rocks Statement Florals In High Heels

It wasn't Live! With Kelly and Ryan today - more like Live! With Someone Else and Ryan. On Friday, 50-year-old Kelly Ripa was once again absent from the morning show she's hosted since 2001, with 46-year-old Ryan Seacrest joined by a guest co-host and one who made summer florals pop. A video shared by the syndicated talk series just before airtime showed Seacrest welcoming Ali Wentworth as his side-kick, also explaining why Kelly is missing today. Check it out below. 

Kelly's No-Show Explained

Kelly Ripa backstage in a dress

Scroll for the video. Kelly has already been absent this week, with college "commitments" for son Joaquin Consuelos requiring time off. Ryan once again explained that it was the same reason today - Joaquin is one of three children Kelly shares with 1996-married husband Mark Consuelos.

The video showed comedian/actress Ali looking beyond gorgeous, super-summery, and even garden party-ready as she rocked a high-kneck, knee-length, and figure-hugging red dress with bold floral prints, plus matching red strappy heels. An elegant swept-up bun completed the blonde's look.

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Ali, who filled in for Kelly earlier this year as Ryan was also joined by guest hosts including media face Maria Menounos, was applauded by the crew, with Ryan saying: "Friday June 4. Kelly has more college commitments with Joaquin today, so back to Ali Wentworth."

Fans are seemingly big into today's "other" blonde. "Ali is so hysterically funny!" one replied. "Omg Love Ali!" another added, calling her "hilarious." There is, however, always a grumbler. See what one fan had to say after the video.

Can't Keep Everyone Happy

Ryan Seacrest in jeans

A user replied: "Love Ali! But not sure what’s going on with ABC’s programming… this is the second time in 2 days they’ve overlapped regularly scheduled shows with news, and it’s not “breaking news.""

Earlier this week, Ryan got a double dose of female guest co-hosts as 56-year-old Ali was joined by actress Julianne Moore. Meanwhile, 2020 brought Kelly getting co-hosts as Ryan both took a day "off" and awaited the results of a COVID test. Both Kelly and Ryan are now vaccinated. See Kelly's possible leaving plans below.

Kelly Staying Or Leaving?

Kelly made major headlines last fall for turning 50 and for revealing that her days on the morning series might be numbered. Speaking to Parade, the former sitcom star dished what else she's been up to, stating:

"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." Kelly then suggested her close bond with Seacrest is why she's stayed until now.