Ryan Seacrest Returns to TV, Blames Exhaustion for His Absence

May 20, 2020

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Ryan Seacrest returned to Live With Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday morning, told co-host Kelly Ripa that his absence was due to exhaustion, Page Six reports. The hard-working Seacrest had scared some fans while working Sunday night's American Idol finale, after he flubbed some lines and one eye seemed to be more open than the other, prompting speculation that he'd suffered a stroke. "I want to thank Mark [Consuelos] for filling in yesterday,” Seacrest told Ripa on Tuesday’s show. “He’s so good at it, also, all the very kind well-wishes for my exhaustion, working around the clock.” He did not mention the concerns for his health on air. The host's rep had already dismissed the stroke talk on Monday, saying, he “did not have any kind of stroke," and was just tired from juggling multiple hosting gigs.