- Ryan Seacrest prompted concern after his right eye appeared swollen and he had a tough time reading his lines during the American Idol finale on Sunday night.
- A rep for the TV host confirmed that Ryan "did not have any kind of stroke" and was "in need of rest."
- Ryan returned to Live with Kelly and Ryan this morning with a message for his worried fans.
Much to the relief of fans everywhere, Ryan Seacrest appeared on Live with Kelly and Ryan this morning looking well-rested.
During Sunday's American Idol season 18 finale, the longtime TV host gave viewers a scare when his right eye suddenly looked swollen and he struggled to read his prompts while hosting the competition series.
The incident led to many concerned fans on Twitter asking if Ryan was doing okay. Thankfully, a rep for Ryan clarified to People that the TV veteran was just fine.
"Ryan did not have any kind of stroke last night," the rep said while addressing online health rumors. "Like many people right now, Ryan is adjusting to the new normal and finding work-home balance, with the added stress of having to put on live shows from home."
The statement read: "Between Live with Kelly and Ryan, American Idol, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, and the Disney Family Singalong specials, he has been juggling three to four on-air jobs over the last few weeks and he’s in need of rest."
Ryan ended up taking Monday morning off from Live with Kelly and Ryan. Today, however, he was back at it again cracking jokes and having a blast with his morning show partner-in-crime Kelly Ripa. During the episode, he addressed fans' concerns about his health while thanking Kelly's husband, Mark Consuelos, for filling in for him on Monday.
"I want to thank Mark for filling in yesterday. I appreciate that," Ryan said. "He's so good at it. And also [I want to thank] the very kind well wishes for my exhaustion. Working round-the-clock so I got a day off to relax. And here we are once again at it on Live."
In response to Ryan's return, Live viewers seemed relieved. "So happy that Ryan is ok and rested, needs to slow down and enjoy life more!! You work too hard Ryan!! 💙" one fan wrote on Instagram. "I’m so happy to see you Ryan. Thankful you’re ok! Now SLOW DOWN! Take care of yourself!" another said. A different fan wrote, "Ryan, I am glad to see you are back and okay. You have a lot of jobs ... don't work too hard, take it easy."
So glad to hear Ryan is doing all right.
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