Kelly Ripa has come to the defense of her Live co-host Ryan Seacrest amid allegations that he sexually assaulted an E! News stylist several years ago. “You are a privilege to work with and I adore you. I’m speaking on behalf of all of us here,” Ripa told Seacrest during the opening of Live on Thursday. “I know what an easy, professional, great person you are, and I feel very very lucky to work with you each and every day.” Seacrest responded by telling Ripa, “You are happiness,” and kissing her on the head. “You’re happiness,” Ripa corrected him. “You’re happiness wrapped in chocolate, so there!” Seacrest has vehemently denied stylist Suzie Hardy’s allegations and was previously cleared in an E! investigation.