Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest Back in the Studio to Host 'Live' after 180 Days Apart Amid COVID-19
Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa returned to the studio for the season premiere of their show "Live with Kelly and Ryan", and it had them joking that they've "forgotten how to do this."
Following 180 days of hosting their talk show "Live with Kelly and Ryan" remotely, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest had a joyous reunion at their New York City studio for filming.
Season 33 of their show kicked off on September 8, and the pair felt the difference being back in the studio as they shared how the crew ensures that they keep to social distancing regulations.
HOW THEY ADAPTED IN-STUDIO
The show's longtime executive producer Michael Gelman said during a previous interview that everyone on set would be wearing masks in addition to Ryan and Kelly being seated 6-feet apart.
With no live audience, broadcasting made it appear as if the two friends and co-hosts were sitting right next to each other, while in reality, they were far apart with two long tables pushed together.
IT'S AN ADJUSTMENT
As Ryan and Kelly reunited in the studio for the first time since March, Kelly commented on the odd feeling after they got used to filming remotely as she said:
“It’s gonna be a minute, because we are used to shooting the show through a computer screen."
Ryan found his co-host's comment relatable, and he added that he "forgot" how to film in the studio after doing it through their computer screens from home these last five months.
WHAT FANS CAN EXPECT
Following the first episode of the show's 33rd season, Ryan took to social media to share his appreciation for the crew working behind the scenes and wrote:
"Back in studio with new seating charts. Shout-out to everyone working behind-the-scenes to keep us safe and healthy. See you again tomorrow!"
Executive producer Gelman also previously said that fans could expect to see topics about self-care, money matters, and DIY home improvements, among others, in the show's new season.
Wanting to keep their connection to their viewers, the segments about the trivia dancers and the daily trivia game will stick around.
The novel coronavirus pandemic also had the two hosts deal without their stylists and access to hair color, among other things, which got highlighted in Kelly Ripa's version of the 2020 calendar.
Taking to social media, the talk show host posted a funny collage of pictures that showed how the root color of her hair grew out over the year.