What Happened To Tony Pigg? Did He Recover From Illness?
If you are one of the longtime fans of the show Live with Kelly and Ryan, then you must've definitely noticed that showbiz veteran Tony Pigg has not made announcements for the show this past year. In his absence, Ryan Seacrest has taken over the announcement duties.
Ryan did briefly explain that Tony was under the weather, so he could not host the show for the time being, but that was one year ago.
Tony Is A Showbiz Veteran
Pigg worked as an announcer for Live with Kelly and Ryan for 595 episodes from 2014 to 2019. However, his broadcasting career spans out to decades. Tony has been in the showbiz since the '70s when his voice could be heard over the radio on WPLJ station. WPLJ was a famous rock radio station from its early days dating back to 1971. Tony was with the station since its inception.
With time, Tony grew on to become a household name when he took over the announcements on Live with Kelly and Ryan. It is understandable why fans would be anxious about his absence from the show.
Fans Were Quite Worried About Tony and His Illness
Many fans took to Twitter to question the show's hosts regarding his health and current status. As Ryan had only mentioned about Tony not being well and there were no further details, fans started inquiring about his absence even more often.
One fan missed Tony so much that she tweeted to the show's official Twitter handle about Tony every week. Another fan questioned Kelly Ripa directly, tweeting, "What happened to Tony Pigg? Missing his voice!"
Fans Inquire About Tony Pigg On Twitter (Source: Distractify)
Not just on Twitter, fans also made several inquiries on the show's official Facebook page, but there were no official words from Kelly or Ryan.
Tony Is Spending His Retirement Days With His Family
Movie critic Jackson Murphy took to his Facebook on November 6, 2019, to inform Tony's anxious fans that Tony was sick for a while but was doing a lot better. Jackson also broke the news of Tony's retirement in the same post before expressing his gratitude to the veteran.
Kelly & Ryan just gave an update on longtime “LIVE” announcer Tony Pigg. He was sick for a while but is now doing much better and has decided to retire. All the best to Tony and his family. Thank you for your decades in the biz and for being a core part of this show.
Since his retirement, Tony has been seen a couple of times on social media. Apparently, he has left his career behind and is focusing on spending time with his family.
Most recently, Tony made an appearance on his son Calder's Instagram handle. In the Instagram post from June 21, he was seen relaxing in a yacht with his family. The series of snaps ensured that Tony is, in fact, doing pretty well, and it looks like he is enjoying retirement.