RYAN Seacrest has returned as a guest host on Live just a few months after leaving the talk show.
He sat at the desk alongside his former co-host Kelly Ripa while her husband and new co-star Mark Cosnuelos took the day off.
Fans gave a warm welcome to Ryan on Tuesday for his return in a partially new episode.
The show included a pre-taped but new opening segment in which Kelly and Ryan chatted before doing their trivia game with a fan-caller.
The show then switched to previously aired interviews with Chris Hemsworth and Tyra Banks from old live episodes.
The hosting duo ended the episode with a new, pre-taped outro to say goodbye to viewers and remind them to tune in to the next episode on Wednesday.
Despite the thrown together show, fans were happy to have Ryan back at the hosts’ desk.
One excited viewer tweeted: “So excited to see Ryan on the show. And the little things aren’t ALL about Mark!”
Another wrote: “So excited to see Ryan on the show this morning.
“What a breath of fresh air he is. I wish he was full time again.”
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While some fans are wishing for Ryan’s return to Live for good, the American Idol host has plenty of other appearances planned – and he may be adding another one soon.
Ryan is reportedly one of the frontrunners in the search for a new Wheel of Fortune host after longtime star Pat Sajak last week announced his impending retirement.
The TV star tweeted: “Well the time has come. I’ve decided that our 41st season, which begins in September, will be my last.”
“It was a wonderful ride and I will have more to say in the coming months. Thanks to you all.”
Pat will host until June 2024 and then step down.
Bloomberg reporter Lucas Shaw claimed on Twitter that Ryan “had spoken to the producers of Wheel of Fortune” as Pat’s departure neared.
“Some sources say he is the front runner. Others say he’s just one of many interested,” Lucas said tweeted.
However, many fans are wondering if Pat’s daughter Maggie Sajak will be named as his successor.
Others feel that instead of hiring Maggie or someone else to host, the roles could rotate and Vanna could host.
Ryan’s pal and Live follower Mark told The US Sun exclusively about the reports: “I think [Ryan] That would be great and it’s a great job for him.”
The live host then conceded, “Although I never really spoke to him about whether he wanted to do that.”