Mark Consuelos defended his first episode of “Live with Kelly and Mark” after he and wife Kelly Ripa got some scathing reviews from viewers for their ‘boring’ bedroom conversation. This all comes as Ryan Seacreast stepped down from the show.
Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos received both criticism and applause from fans on Monday with some going as far as accusing the couple of putting on “fake banter” for the launch of their morning talk show.
48-year-old Ryan Seacreast exited the show last Friday, and many fans wanted to see him back.
Consuelos replaced Seacrest on the morning talk show after the “American Idol” host announced in February that he would no be stepping down. Seacreast stepped down from hosting the show after nearly six years.
In their final show, Ripa stated “This has, without question, been the fastest six years of my life, and although you and I have been friends for decades and decades, I feel like I’ve gained through this process a younger brother / oldest son.”
However, the fans have spoken after nearly two live episodes and they aren’t so excited about this new change.
The show has received mixed reviews with the new permanent co-hosts with Kelly Ripa being accused of talking over and interrupting her husband. From Ripa’s point of view, the star praised her husband’s debut telling US Weekly that he did “an amazing job” and “better than (she) ever thought possible.”
Kelly Ripa, who’s been on the show 2001, is also being called out for putting her husband’s bedroom snoring on blast.
Ripa called our Consuelos by flipping out her phone to play audio of her husband’s heavy bedroom breathing. Of course, this left a lot of people even more unimpressed with the show.
Users poured in on social media to express their thoughts on the show with some claiming this will be the reason for them to turn off the program.
@kellymarklive been watching since before Kelly but I think it’s time to move on. I love Kelly and Mark but I’m a widow, I look to this show to cheer me up and make me smile. 2 days in and I’m sick of hearing about their perfect love, life and family. It’s too much. ????
— Hope Gainey (@hope_gainey) April 18, 2023
@kellymarklive your 1st show Sucked!! Remember the days with Regis, when REAL social & news issues were discussed? NOT ‘bedtime eating & sleeping habits’, or “we’re we walking or jogging in Central Pk”, or many other mundane things that were conversed about! Big Fail!!????
— Carlie Cruz (@CarlieCruz14) April 18, 2023
But it seems like Mark Consuelos is defending the first episode of “Live With Kelly and Mark.
The ‘Riverdale’ star stated “This show today truly felt like home,” the actor told Us Weekly Monday. “I always feel at home with Kelly, but [working] together this morning just felt so right.”
Consuelos also admitted he can’t wait to see where the show goes from here, and said he is extremely lucky to have the opportunity to co-host with his wife.
The actor has filled in the past for other co-hosts but feels this is an amazing fit. Some on social media praised the two while others again felt that there could be less affection on camera and less interruption from co-host Kelly Ripa.