Kelly Ripa on the Strength of Her 20-Year Bond with Ryan Seacrest: ‘He’s the Kid Brother I Never Had’

Ryan Seacrest is not only a co-host to Kelly Ripa — he’s practically family.

Ripa, 52, has gotten serious about her profound connection with Seacrest, 47, and how it makes their occupation as co-hosts of Live with Kelly and Ryan such a ton easier.

“What’s one of a kind is that Ryan Seacrest and I have a 20 or more year fellowship,” Ripa said on MOnday’s episode of Dear Gabby podcast.

“We’ve known each other a really long time. He’s the youngster brother I won’t ever have.”

“So we’ve known each other, and we trust each other, and we regard each other,” Ripa continued.

“We have a really special off-camera fellowship … which happens only very rarely. So we had that going in.”

Their bond assists Ripa with maintaining her status as a “beacon,” as host Gabby Bernstein called her, while on air.

“Certain occasions are so earth-shattering and they feel so insurmountable,” Ripa acknowledges, however having Seacrest close by helps make the dark days easier.

“What is novel is that both of us have, I don’t wanna say a clairvoyant ability, yet we have a shorthand,” Ripa said. “We have an ability to read each other in a way where I know where his breaking points are and he knows where mine are. And so when bad things happen we are able to — behind the scenes — connect and say, ‘It’s gonna be alright, I’ll take this one, I got it.’”

She added that hosting Live has been “an honor to be invited into individuals’ homes for 23 years.”

Seacrest similarly thought about how his fellowship with Ripa last March, mentioning their “mystic” ability to know what the other is thinking.

“At the point when we take a gander at each other and talk to each other, there’s clearly a colossal amount of trust and regard, yet additionally we can read each other’s mind,” he said.

“And I didn’t realize we could do that so indeed, however that’s actual consistently.”

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight from 2020, the co-has got emotional as they got serious about their nearby bond.

“He simply brings a delight, an enthusiasm, a professionalism and an authenticity to this place that I’m so grateful to have here,” Ripa said.

“I’m using each ounce of energy to retaliate tears right now while she’s saying that,” Seacrest answered.