Kelly Ripa: Mark Consuelos won't be the permanent co-host of 'LIVE! With Kelly'

By Jillian Claybrook,

It's been said that one should never mix business with pleasure and that is why you won’t see Mark Consuelos permanently in the co-host chair on LIVE! With Kelly.

Since Regis Philbin’s departure in November 2011, Ripa has had a slew of potential co-hosts visit her morning show set. Those potentials include Nick Lachey, Josh Groban, Jerry O’Connell and none other than her husband, Mark Consuelos. However, the search for a permanent co-host will not end with Mr. Consuelos if he has anything to do with it, Us Weekly reports.

“No one would make me happier than Mark, but he values our marriage,” Ripa says in the June issue of Vanity Fair. “He says that he doesn’t see how we could stay married and both do that show.”

Ripa and Consuelos married in 1996 after meeting on the set of All My Children and have three children together – Michael, 14, Lola, 10 and Joaquin, 9, En Starz reports. While the two have a great relationship and love spending time together, they also value their independence and understand that a little time apart is just as good for their marriage.

“I don’t give him a hard time about seeing his friends. Or for doing things independently, like taking a weekend trip with his racing friends,” Ripa told Good Housekeeping in March, Us reports. “He doesn’t need to take me everywhere or do everything with me. I’m very much about us having our own separate time.”

LIVE! With Kelly airs weekday mornings on ABC.

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. (Hollywood, CA)


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