Ryan Seacrest shocked viewers when he took a tumble from his chair on Live with Kelly and Ryan.
During a “2020 Travel Trivia” segment on Tuesday, January 7, Seacrest was attempting to catch a giant gold balloon floating above his head when he lost his balance and crashed to the ground.
A surprised Kelly Ripa, 49, leapt out of her chair to help 45-year-old Seacrest up, crying, “Oh my god!”
“Are you okay? Are you okay?” the concerned Ripa asked her co-star.
“Oh my gosh, he’s fine!” she said when he got to his feet.
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Jokingly trying to save face after the embarrassing fiasco, Seacrest ran to the gold balloon he was trying to catch, grabbed it and triumphantly declared: “I got it!”
While the drama unfolded onscreen, behind the scenes, Ripa has reportedly turned her back on another of the show’s former stars.
As RadarOnline.com reported, Howard Stern recently slammed Ripa on his show for abandoning the popular talk show’s founder, Regis Philbin.
“I think he would’ve liked to at least be associated in some way with the show and remind people that he’s the guy who started that whole thing.”
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Philbin, 88, founded Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee in 1988. Philbin was eventually ousted in 2011, but the show went on without him. Ripa stayed on, and Seacrest was brought in as her co-anchor in 2017.
“Don’t you think they should have Regis on that show once a year at least? I don’t understand why they don’t,” Stern said.