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Kelly Ripa's Husband Mark Consuelos Guest Co-Hosts 'Live!' as Search Continues for Michael Strahan's Replacement

by Jackie Willis 7:31 AM PDT, June 03, 2016
Playing Kelly Ripa's Husband Mark Consuelos Guest Co-Hosts 'Live!' as Search Continues for Michael Strahan's Replacement

Kelly Ripa called on her husband of 20 years to guest host Live! with her on Friday.

For the first timeĀ since Michael Strahan's exit last month, Mark Consuelos sat beside his wife Kelly Ripa, just days after the couple's friend, Anderson Cooper, was co-hosted the daytime talk show.

The two made no mention of Ripa's former co-host or the search for his replacement. Instead, they lovingly chatted about their oldest son Michael's 19th birthday party, and commentated on recent news stories.

#Repost @instasuelos: Happy bday to my eldest. Love you Michael. My mini me is now major me

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Ripa and Consuelos were also seated on Live!'s summer Friday set, which is designed to look like a beach house. The 45-year-old TV personality joked that her husband was a little uneasy about the new set, and Consuelos added that the crew instructed him several times on where to sit.

WATCH: Anderson Cooper Guest Co-Hosts Live! With Kelly for First Time Since Michael Strahan's Exit

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 star Laura Linney was the couple's first guest, followed by Paula Abdul. The triple-threat star got Ripa and Consuelos on their feet by teaching them the dance from her 1988 music video for "Straight Up Now Tell Me."

#LauraLinney with Kelly & @Instasuelos! #LiveKelly #LiveBeachHouse #KellysFashionFinder: dress is @roland_mouret

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Prior to Consuelos joining his wife on Live!, the 46-year-old actor spoke with ET about Ripa and the show's search to find her a new co-host to replace Strahan after he left the daytime talk show to take a full-time position at Good Morning America.

WATCH: Anderson Cooper Guest Co-Hosts Live! With Kelly for First Time Since Michael Strahan's Exit

"Oh, it's going great," he insisted. "Going great. Awesome."

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