The stars, who co-hosted Live with Kelly and Ryan in Ryan Seacrest's absence, worked on the same soap opera years ago.

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While guest co-hosting Live with Kelly and Ryan on Wednesday, Consuelos asked Ripa if she has enjoyed working with him amid Ryan Seacrest's absence this week. Ripa, 50, joked that it had been "touch and go" but said she had "a feeling today is going to be great."

"It reminds me of when we used to work together [on All My Children]," she continued.

"We worked together on a soap where we would work 10, 11, 12 hours together," said Consuelos, 50. "And then we decided to move out of the city where we had a two-minute commute, and we had to commute in together, because all our scenes were predominantly together. Let's call it 12 hours on set, and then another hour back." 

Ripa credited Madonna and JAY-Z for getting them through the commute, joking, "If it wasn't for those two albums, we wouldn't be married."

"But all kidding aside, you're my little penguin," said Consuelos. "I don't care if there's 18-hour days and commutes, we're married for life. We're mates for life."

Ripa and Consuelos have been married since 1996. They share sons Michael, 24, and Joaquin, 18, and daughter Lola, 20.

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