“Live With Kelly and Ryan” reaches new heights! The popular TV show built over premiere by 11% among women 25-54 and held even week to week among households. The show also grew to a new 15-week high and topped “Ellen” for the second week in a row in both households and women to rank as the week’s second most popular syndicated talk show, behind only the opening week of “Dr. Phil.”
The new era for Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa began over a year ago, when Seacrest joined Ripa at the desk. After rotating many co-hosts and endless speculations, Kelly walked on stage with Ryan and announced that he would be her new co-host.
After a year and a half, Ripa told press she wouldn’t have it any other way. After taping her first show with Seacrest, Kelly said: “Yeah, it’s been fun and I cannot take away anything from, I’ve got to say, the men and women that sat with me were total pros and extraordinary.”
Amazing Kids Week on Live
It’s no wonder that Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa host such a successful show together. Every week, their program becomes more and more interesting! This week, “Live With Kelly and Ryan” put the spotlight on five exciting young talents and showcased a different child with a special skill as part of Amazing Kids Week.
Each of the five kids came to New York City, where they met their wonderful hosts, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. Five-year-old Colin End from Milwaukee kicked off this week’s festivities. Colin came to New York to show Seacrest and Ripa how he can stack dice. Stacking dice, in case you don’t know, is more impressive than it sounds.
Colin has a cup, which he sweeps over dice that are spread out on a table. Then, some kind of crazy shaking motion with the cup happens, the cup is lifted and magically, the dice are in a stack!
Another amazing kid this week was Karolina Ramirez, who dribbled her way onto the set of the Live on Wednesday morning and showed that basketball skills are not just for boys. Ramirez walked out on stage, exchanged high-fives with Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa. “What are your goals, in terms of basketball? What do you want to do?” Seacrest asked the 10-year-old.
Karolina, the Pinewood Elementary fifth-grader and practices two hours a day, said that she wants to play for the powerhouse women’s team at the University of Connecticut and then play professionally in the WNBA or overseas.
Ryan Seacrest Live From iHeartRadio Music Festival
Ryan Seacrest promised that anything could happen when the livestream got underway from the T-Mobile Arena at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. That weekend, Las Vegas was the epicenter of the pop universe. The eighth edition of the festival was dominated by Mariah Carey, Fleetwood Mac, Childish Gambino, Jack White, Panic! At the Disco, Jason Aldean and Rae Sremmurd.
“The Hangover” star Ken Leung returned to Las Vegas to introduce Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino, who apparently rolled into the arena on a wheelchair, but seemed well enough while performing his hit “Redbone.”
iHeartMedia on-air personality Bobby Bones and Jason Aldean paid a special tribute to Las Vegas First Responders at last year’s tragic shootings during the country music festival from the Mandalay Bay.
Jack White brought some rock and roll with “Over And Over And Over,” from his most recent album, “Boarding House Reach.” The performance was closed with the familiar strains of “Seven Nation Army” that got everyone in the crowd singing.
Then Paula Abdul and Ryan Seacrest introduced the much anticipated appearance by Mariah Carey, who has been in town performing at Caesars Palace. The singer took the stage like a professional and started a set that ranged over her career, from “The Emancipation of Mimi,” “We Belong Together,” “Honey,” “Shake it Off,” and many other hits.
Macy’s iHeartRadio “Rising Stars” winners Heffron Drive, which featured former Big Time Rush member Kendall Schmidt, opened the show with a pop-rock set. Unfortunately, Ryan Seacrest announced that Sam Smith couldn’t make it to the show after a vocal emergency that he suffered during rehearsal earlier that evening.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances which transpired after his rehearsal, it became clear that Sam Smith would unfortunately not be able to perform tonight,” said Ryan Seacrest. “We love Sam. Sam has been part of our iHeart family for many, many years and we look forward to seeing him really soon.” This announcement was heard from the T-Mobile Arena minutes before Smith was due to take the stage.
Ryan Seacrest Loves Good Music
The host of “American Idol” is one of the busiest people in showbiz today. At the moment, he is kicking off his second season of “Live With Kelly & Ryan” alongside his co-host and good friend Kelly Ripa. Ryan Seacrest decided to celebrate this exciting times and shared a playlist of his favorite music, which includes Drake and DJ Khaled.
Seacrest started his list with the hit single of summer 2018 by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa, “One Kiss.” Ryan called the song “easily my song of summer.” His second choice, “I’d Die For You,” might surprise some as Bon Jovi is not as trending as it used to be, “I used to rock out to this song in my Mongoose biker gloves and acid-washed denim jacket, and my sister, Meredith, was in charge of lights and camera.”
When Seacrest wants to put everyone in a good mood and fill a dance floor at a party, the famous producer opts for Daft Punk and “One More Time.” Coldplay is also on his playlist, and this time he chose the band’s popular hit single “Viva La Vida.” According to Ryan Seacrest, this song ages like fine wine.
Have you ever wondered what was Seacrest’s first concert? For those who don’t know, it’s Richard Marx, and the song that always brings back good memories to Ryan is “Endless Summer Nights.” Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without Drake. “Reminds me of the dance I did for the #InMyFeelingsChallenge that I thought was pretty good … until I posted it on social media and read the comments. My moves made it into the closing credits of the official music video though, so no regrets,” said Seacrest.
Ryan Seacrest works in New York and Los Angeles, and when he wants to celebrate the end of another busy work week, especially Friday morning, Ryan plats Taio Cruz, “Dynamite.” Taylor Swift is also on his playlist, especially the song “Look What You Made Me Do.” “This song reminds me of my first Halloween on “LIVE,” when Kelly Ripa and I spent weeks recreating the music video in different costumes,” Ryan explained.
But here comes a more energetic part of Ryan Seacrest’s playlist. It starts with DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One,” according to Ryan, this is the kind of song that “makes you want to take the long way home so you can listen to it a few more times.” And while he’s a New Yorker now, there’s one song that always brings Seacrest to summertime in California. That song is 2Pac’s “California Love.” The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey created a song that Seacrest calls “old but gold.” You might have guessed it already, it’s “Closer.” And finally, Ryan revealed what gets him going at the gym; it’s Kanye West’s song “POWER.” To him, this song is like creatine for your ears.
The Influence of New York on Ryan Seacrest
Between co-hosting “Live With Kelly and Ryan,” producing iHeart radio show and his many other impressive roles, Seacrest spends his free time with his girlfriend, Shayna Taylor, in New York. Although he designed his own line of menswear called “Distinction,” Seacrest is still nervous while choosing his wardrobe.
“There’s a lot of pressure when it comes to a fashion event. Every day when I put my clothes together, I’m hoping they’ll get some sort of response, like ‘Oh, that works.’?” Ryan was honest. Seacrest was recently honored as one of the US Weekly’s Most Stylish New Yorkers of 2018.
Of course, being honored by US Weekly as one of the most fashionable New Yorkers means a lot to Seacrest. “Every day when I put my clothes together, I’m hoping they’ll get some sort of response: ‘Oh, that works,’” Seacrest said and added, “And so I guess tonight’s validation is that it works!”
Last spring, the famous producer moved from LA to join his friend Kelly Ripa on Live. His first year as a New Yorker was dynamic and filled with new and exciting projects. “It’s gone by fast! The first few months, I was getting my bearings and doing the show. Now I get up every morning so excited. It’s the greatest job in television,” Seacrest said in an interview.
Of course, the city has influenced Ryan’s closet in many ways. There is something about New York that defines a person’s style, “What I like most about New York is that nobody cares what you’re wearing. I don’t know if my look changes all that dramatically. You do have to prepare for the elements whether it be the heat, rain or snow. I also like to walk from place to place when I can, so I’m much more selective about the shoes I wear here, that’s for sure,” he concluded.
When it comes to shopping, Ryan Seacrest enjoys window-shopping, but it’s more spontaneous than a destination. “I like to explore the city on foot, although most outings involve a meal,” Ryan explained. Since moving to NYC, the “American Idol” host became a big fan of Uggs. “[My wardrobe must-haves are] a blue Marine Layer T-shirt, a gray cashmere sweater I’ve had forever and my Uggs. Not necessarily chic, but warm.”
Although he is the fashion role model to many people, Ryan Seacrest has his own idols, such as David Beckham, John Legend, Ryan Reynolds, Bradley Cooper and Idris Elba. “They seem comfortable, confident and look good in anything they wear. Yes, I’m envious!” Seacrest said.
As surprising as this might sound, Ryan Seacrest once made a big fashion mistake! One of the best-dressed men in Hollywood revealed how taking fashion advice from his peers once worked against him.
“It was the second season of American Idol, and the collective group that was producing the show and styling for the show suggested that I wear a sheer shirt to host the prime time show. It’s not a good idea,” Seacrest said, and added, “I should never do it. I don’t know if anybody should do it, but certainly not me.”
On the other hand, Seacrest admits that a good tailor is one of the best friends a person can have. He also shared a few details about his main requirements when it comes to his wardrobe, “I like it when things fit nicely. Like, if the sleeves are too long hanging outside this sleeve, it drives me crazy. Or if my pants are dragging on the floor, especially in the rain and getting dirty,” he said. “I like it to fit nicely.”
Fashion Couple: Ryan Seacrest and Shayna Taylor
What does a fashionable couple like Ryan Seacrest and Shayna Taylor do on a date night? As surprising as it may sound, they look for new things to learn around the city! “We decided that we’re going to learn a few things that are outside of work for me because I’m working all the time. I call them pursuits. One of our first attempts is tango dancing. We’ve had two lessons. I’m starting to get to the point where it’s frustrating, but I’m trying to keep my cool,” Seacrest shared.
But when they are not dancing, the famous couple is visiting gala events, such as Samsung’s 17th annual charity gala that Ryan Seacrest hosted on Thursday night in NYC. The 43-year-old host looked handsome while rocking a black suit. Shayna Taylor took everyone’s breath away in a coordinating yellow blazer and mini-skirt. The couple was joined by Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves at The Manhattan Center event.
Shanyna looked super hot in metallic silver pumps and carried her belongings in a crossbody purse. She wore her crimped hair pulled back in a low ponytail. Many people don’t know this, but Ryan Seacrest and Shayna dated a few years ago before rekindling their romance in 2017. The famous couple spent this summer together in France and Italy, and although they live currently together in NYC, the pair has no plans for marriage. “I love the idea of marriage because my parents have been married for 47 years. The truth is I don’t want to screw it up,” Seacrest told Ripa back in May.
Brandon Lay Visits Seacrest Studios
Country star Brandon Lay made a special visit to Seacrest Studios at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt before taking the stage with Kenny Chesney at Nissan Stadium.
The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is built on the idea that children need to be entertained while they’re staying at the hospital. They need to be themselves and be happy again, especially during the tough times they are going through. The Foundation’s first initiative was to build broadcast media centers, named Seacrest Studios. The studios were built within pediatric hospitals for patients to explore the exciting worlds of radio, television and new media. The goal of The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is to contribute positively to the healing process for children and their families during their stay at the hospital.
Brandon told the audience in the studio all about life on the road. His bus usually carries 9-12 people and they love to watch “Friends” and “The Office” while traveling. Sometimes, the musicians like to pull out their guitars and jam in between cities.
He also talked about how he managed to stay positive while navigating his way through the music industry. This is a valuable lesson for all young patients who learn how to stay positive while in the hospital.
“It’s hard if you stand and try to watch a tree grow. Just keep trying. You might look back and 6 weeks has gone by and the difference is just astronomical. That has always inspired me. You’re not going to see an instant change, but if you just keep showing up and just keep trying, and even if you fail, just keep getting out of bed and trying, you’ll look back maybe it’s 2 weeks or 2 months, but you’re going to notice a change and people will see it around you. When you look back and see the difference, that’s what will motivate you to keep on and even kick it up a notch. That has been my philosophy. Keep grinding and just show up,” he said.