Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Ripa get emotional during final 'Live' episode together

 Seacrest joined "Live" in 2017 and has co-hosted with Ripa for six years.

Ryan Seacrest hugs Kelly Ripa on his final episode of "Live with Kelly and Ryan," on April 14, 2023.

 I mean, I've been in love with you, but now everybody is in love with you -- and here's why," Ripa said, kicking off a montage of the pair's best moments from throughout the years.

 The episode ended with Ripa's husband Mark Consuelos, Seacrest's replacement, bringing out a sardine cake to celebrate.

Seacrest announced in February that he was leaving "Live" to focus on hosting "American Idol."

 Ripa shared a sweet Instagram post reflecting on her time with Seacrest, telling him "I am proud of you and am forever in your corner."

"For many years, Ryan's ability to be the person featuring the talents of other people, that's been part of his job, right?" she continued.