Kelly Ripa hails ‘total package’ Ryan Seacrest for his Radio Hall of Fame induction

Kelly Ripa had the highest of praise for her Live with Kelly and Ryan co-star Ryan Seacrest on Saturday, following his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame.

‘So proud of you @ryanseacrest not just because of your #rhof induction, but because you are one of the best people i know,’ the 49-year-old captioned an Instagram post with shots from the event.

The New Jersey native, who attended the event Friday with husband Mark Consuelos at New York City‘s Gotham Hall, rounded things out in saying to Seacrest, ‘Kind, talented, smart, generous, funny, authentic. A total package. I’m honored to call you a friend for all these years.’

Coronation: The American Idol host, who presides over the radio shows On Air with Ryan Seacrest and American Top 40, said his induction marked the realization of multiple dreams

Mutual admiration: Kelly Ripa, 49, had the highest of praise for her Live with Kelly and Ryan co-star Ryan Seacrest, 44, on Saturday, following his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame

Night on the town: Kelly attended the event Friday with husband Mark Consuelos

Night on the town: Kelly attended the event Friday with husband Mark Consuelos

Ripa, a staple of ABC’s Live franchise since 2001, shared an assortment of shots from the swanky event, including one of Seacrest, 44, and his girlfriend, model Shayna Taylor, 27, relaxing at a table at the gathering.

The American Idol host, who presides over the radio shows On Air with Ryan Seacrest and American Top 40, said his induction marked the realization of multiple dreams.

‘2 dreams came true: I was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame and I got to meet Dr. Ruth!’ he wrote in an Instagram post Saturday that included multiple photos, including one of him with Westheimer.

Seacrest thanked The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon for inducting him into the vaunted institution, and his On Air With Ryan staff for their support.

Beaming: Ripa shared a shot of Seacrest, 44, and his girlfriend, model Shayna Taylor, 27, relaxing at a table at the gathering

Beaming: Ripa shared a shot of Seacrest, 44, and his girlfriend, model Shayna Taylor, 27, relaxing at a table at the gathering

Masters of broadcasting: Seacrest accepted the award from The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon

Masters of broadcasting: Seacrest accepted the award from The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon 

‘It’s an honor to do what I do with all of you. We go together like Nico & Vinz,’ he said. ‘Cheers to our alarm clocks and strong coffee!’

Seacrest was one of eight broadcasting veterans inducted into the vaunted group, as others honored included sportscaster Jim Rome, one-time Entertainment Tonight host John Tesh, and famed sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

‘I’m especially proud to welcome these individuals into the Radio Hall of Fame,’ the organization’s chairman Kraig Kitchin said in August, according to the organization. ‘Their on-air performances and audience relationships are especially remarkable.’ 

Funnymen: Seacrest had Fallon cracking up at the event in Gotham

Funnymen: Seacrest had Fallon cracking up at the event in Gotham 

Household names: Ryan posed with fellow inductee Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Household names: Ryan posed with fellow inductee Dr. Ruth Westheimer 

Elite group: Seacrest was one of eight broadcasting veterans inducted into the vaunted groups, as others honored included sportscaster Jim Rome and one-time Entertainment Tonight host John Tesh

Elite group: Seacrest was one of eight broadcasting veterans inducted into the vaunted groups, as others honored included sportscaster Jim Rome and one-time Entertainment Tonight host John Tesh

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