Ryan Seacrest returns to TV and says he suffered ‘exhaustion’ while slurring words on American Idol finale

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AMERICAN Idol host Ryan Seacrest returned to co-host Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday after missing the show on Monday.

The 45-year-old had fans worried on Sunday as he slurred his words during the American Idol finale.


Ryan Seacrest returned to TV after a much-needed break[/caption]


He took his usual spot next to Kelly Ripa[/caption]

Ryan looked in better spirits on Tuesday as he sat next to Kelly Ripa and explained how he was feeling after a rather eventful Sunday.

He told viewers at home: “I want to thank Mark [Consuelos] for filling in yesterday.

“He’s so good at it! Also, all the very kind well-wishes for my exhaustion, working around the clock,so I got a day off to relax.

“And here we are once again at it on Live.”


Mark Consuelos, Kelly’s husband, had to take over for him on Monday[/caption]

Fans were left concerned for the star’s health after a segment saw the presenter slur his speech and appear unable to focus properly.

His right eye also appeared to be drooping.

During the remote broadcast, which saw Samantha “Just Sam” Diaz crowned the season’s winner from home, viewers took to social media to air their concerns.

“Is @RyanSeacrest okay? Not making light of this. He went from normal to his speech being off and his eye shutting halfway,” tweeted one fan.

“I think Something is wrong with Ryan Seacrest, BIG TIME. Did Anyone else notice his eye and the delay in speech?” shared another.


Ryan had worried fans when he slurred his words on American Idol[/caption]

Reps for the star have now released a statement which reads: “Ryan did not have any kind of stroke last night.

“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.”

Speaking to People magazine, the rep added: “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.

“So today he took a well-deserved day off.”


He claimed he was exhausted and assured fans he hadn’t had a stroke[/caption]

Ryan is being taken care of by his girlfriend, Shayna Taylor
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Even though he was battling intense exhaustion, Ryan helped crown Just Sam as the winner of American Idol.

The 20-year-old New Yorker beat out the 22-year-old singer from Nepal to win the 2020 season of the ABC singing competition.

The former Subway busker sang season one Idol winner Kelly Clarkson’s hit Stronger for the “song she’ll use to celebrate” the end of the COVID-19 lockdown.

As her second performance, the reality winner reprised her audition song and impressed the judges with Andra Day’s ballad Rise Up.

Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie all praised the “growth” she has displayed throughout the show.


After host Ryan Seacrest, 45, revealed the winner, Just Sam burst into screams from her LA studio as her grandmother – who is in New York – cheered from the iPad.

The superstar panel looked thrilled and stood with applause as they congratulated “their little girl.”