Ryan Seacrest’s niece Flora made a surprise appearance on Thursday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, and her mother also had a moment in the spotlight. After the show, Seacrest shared fun photos with Flora and her mom, Seacrest’s sister, Meredith Seacrest Leach. Three-year-old Flora joined Seacrest and Live guest co-host Tamron Hall for a fun debate on chocolate chip cookies.
Thursday was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, so Hall and Seacrest tested soft and crunchy cookies. Flora happened to be in the studio, so Seacrest used her “phone a niece” lifeline for help. They decided the soft cookies were the best. “Flora, you know what we should do? Eat all these cookies and hang out with mom,” Seacrest said, noting PEOPLE. “A little sugar rush.”
After the show, Seacrest shared some behind-the-scenes photos with Flora and Leach. He also included an adorable video of Seacrest asking Flora if she was ready for her big moment. In another clip, Hall and Seacrest lead Flora onto the stage, with Seacrest encouraging her to wave to the audience. “This is Flora’s show, we’re just supporting the characters,” Seacrest captioned the post.
Leach and her husband, Jimmy Leach, welcomed Flora in December 2018 to Nashville. Just days after Flora was born, Leach joined Seacrest on her radio show to talk about becoming a mom. “It’s the real deal of giving birth,” Leach told her brother. “I’m fine, I’m fine…I’m relieved that we made it through and we did it and our baby girl is here and she’s happy and healthy.”
Leach is Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. She is described as the “driving force” of the foundation since its inception in 2009. Before helping start her brother’s foundation, Leach was director of creative affairs at Reveille, now known as EndemolShine America. She was also responsible for communications at The insider and entertainment tonight. Leach earned a journalism degree from the University of Georgia.
Last week, Seacrest also experienced another wardrobe malfunction. Tuesday, when Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Star Carson Kressley was guest co-host, Seacrest announced to the world that his fly was down as he approached the set. “What? Guess you’re just happy to see me,” Kressley joked. “I just put this on at the last minute because I saw what you were wearing. Had to do a quick change,” Seacrest replied.
In other Seacrest news, he will return to host another season of american idol Next year. This will be his 21st season as host and sixth on ABC. Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry will all return as judges. Idol celebrated its 20th season earlier this year, with Noah Thompson crowned the winner.