There were renewed fears for Ryan Seacrest Monday after he was once again absent from the airwaves.
The “Live With Kelly and Ryan” co-host was forced to deny that he suffered a stroke while hosting the finale of “American Idol” last Sunday night, after he slurred his speech during the broadcast. When he skipped the next day’s “Live” broadcast, his rep said that after “juggling three to four on-air jobs over the last few weeks and he’s in need of rest. So … he took a well-deserved day off.”
Seacrest — who says he’s suffering from exhaustion — returned to co-hosting duties with Kelly Ripa for the rest of the week. But he was missing from the show once again on Memorial Day.
Page Six is told that Monday’s episode was pre-taped last week when Seacrest was exhausted, but it was noticed by fans on Twitter when the show aired. Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, stood in for Seacrest for the second Monday straight.
Meanwhile — after we reported that Ripa and Consuelos have been broadcasting from the Caribbean — we’ve now learned that they’re staying on the ultra-exclusive enclave of Mustique, where the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret famously owned a villa called Les Jolies Eaux.
The family vacations there every year, and Ripa has previously been spotted at the famous Basil’s Bar on the island, where Mick Jagger — who owns a house on the island — is known to get up and sing.
We’re also told that designer Tommy Hilfiger, who also has property on the island, is among those currently in lockdown on Mustique.
Ripa and her family were on a spring break vacation when they were told to shelter in place and decided to stay put, as Ripa told ABC staff during a town hall meeting: “We had planned a trip for our family, and it was supposed to be our entire family of course.
“And we arrive and three days later, the entire world changed, really. I mean, everything shut down. The government shut down, our country shut down. I hate to use the word stuck, but we were.”
She added that she and Seacrest continued with their show “because we just felt like with everything that was going on in the world that perhaps, some normalcy of just doing what we normally do, even though it was like in very unusual circumstances, would be the best thing for us.”
A source told us: “It seems like paradise, but nobody is allowed on the island now and it’s pretty isolated. Like everyone, Kelly wants to see her parents. What seemed like a nice idea in the beginning is not that great.”
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