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Ryan Seacrest Fights Back Tears as He & Kelly Ripa Reflect on Their Time on ‘Live’ (Exclusive)

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest have been working side by side for several years on Live With Kelly and Ryan, and have formed a real bond. The pair recently sat down with ET, and Seacrest got emotional over Ripa’s effusive praise.

“Working with your friends is a great privilege. It is a joy, and I have to say that it is a rare thing to work with a guy who is so authentic and fun and joyful and humble and generous and kind to everyone,” Ripa told ET’s Rachel Smith, during a joint interview on Monday. “What you see of Ryan on the air is the person he is backstage, which is a unique thing.”

“He just brings joyfulness and enthusiasm and professionalism and an authenticity to this place that I’m just so grateful to have here,” she added.

“I’m using every ounce of energy to fight back tears right now, while she’s saying that,” Seacrest added, misty-eyed.

“We do a television show, but it’s not just a television show,” he continued. “We come in and we literally have our first cup of coffee together and catch up with each other as friends do, and that’s the dynamic we hope we have with people who are watching as well.”

For Ripa, their friendship is one of genuine connection, shared interests and care for each other’s personal lives.

“What’s interesting is we usually text each other 15 times before the show,” she explained. “Yet we still have things to say on the air, which is weird.”

“It’s a weird codependency,” Ripa joked. “We’re happy to have our psychiatric episodes unfold before everyone on live TV.”

“It’s our therapy,” Seacrest chimed in. Read from source….