Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and their kids have been quarantined in the Caribbean

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have been on the longest family vacation ever! The couple confirmed this week that they have been quarantined with their kids in Caribbean since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Ripa opened up about the family's decision to stay put during a virtual townhall meeting with ABC employees on Thursday. 

"We had planned a trip for our family, and it was supposed to be our entire family of course," Ripa said during the meeting, according to People. "And we arrive and three days later, the entire world changed, really. I mean, everything shut down; the government shut down; our country shut down. I hate to use the word stuck, but we were. We decided to stay where we were."

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US actress Kelly Ripa (L) and her husband Mark Consuelos arrive for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Kelly Ripa (L) and her husband Mark Consuelos arrive for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend Logo TV Fire Island Premiere Party at Atlas Social Club on April 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images for VH1 & Logo Communications)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Executive producers Mark Consuelos (L) and Kelly Ripa attend the 'Fire Island' New York Premiere at Atlas Social Club on April 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: (L-R) Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend the 'Two Turns From Zero' book launch event at The Regency Bar and Grill on March 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Television personality Kelly Ripa (L) and actor Mark Consuelos attend the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend the 2017 American Songbook gala at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on February 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend the The Cinema Society with Piaget Host an After Party for EuropaCorp's 'Miss Sloane' at 432 Park Avenue Residence 86B on December 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 08: Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa attend the FOX Summer TCA Press Tour on August 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are seen in 'Midtown' on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Actress/TV personality Kelly Ripa and actor Mark Consuelos attend the 'Nothing Left Unsaid' New York premiere at Time Warner Center on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: Kelly Ripa (L) and Mark Consuelos attend the 'All We Had' World Premiere - 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at the John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: TV personality Kelly Ripa (L) and Mark Consuelos arrive at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Kelly Ripa (L) and Mark Consuelos attend the 2015 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend Andy Cohen & SiriusXM celebrate the launch of Cohen's New, Exclusive SiriusXM Channel, Radio Andy, at PHD Rooftop Lounge at The Dream Downtown in New York City on October 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 12: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend the ceremony honoring Kelly Ripa with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 12: Talkshow host Kelly Ripa and actor Mark Consuelos at the Kelly Ripa Star Ceremony on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on October 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 12: Television host Kelly Ripa (L) and Mark Consuelos attend the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend the '26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards' at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. �� LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend The Opening Night After Party for 'It Shoulda Been You' on Broadway at The Edison Theater on April 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
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Ripa confirmed that by the time this happened, their three children, Michael, 22, Lola, 18, and Joaquin, 17, were with them. She added that at the time her parents and Consuelos' parents had been set to join them. 

"Lucky for us, we had our three children," she said. "And then, you know, it was supposed to be a two-week trip and we wound up going right back to work. Ryan [Seacrest] and I both decided it was better to do the show, because we just felt like in with everything that was going on in the world that perhaps, some normalcy of just doing what we normally do, even though it was like in very unusual circumstances, would be the best thing for us. "

Ripa, who has been co-hosting Live With Kelly and Ryan from her vacation home, opened up about what it's been like for the family to be away from their loved ones and their home during these trying times. 

"I've been most grateful that at least I have my adult children with me. I mean, we have family staying in our house and they're still back home and we're here and it's very unsettling," Ripa noted. "I think people are unsettled everywhere, everywhere, across the country and across the globe. So, I think it's been a great benefit for us to have each other, to have our viewing audience and just to hear Brian Chapman's voice in my ear -- our director -- first thing in the morning. It just normalizes everything as abnormal as it all is."

Ripa and Consuelos celebrated their son Michael's virtual graduation from New York University this week. In his post, the Riverdale actor alluded to the family's stay in the Caribbean. 

"#Happy virtual graduation MJC. We are so proud of you.#quarentinegraduation2020," Consuelos captioned a photo with Ripa and their eldest son. "We know it’s not what we all expected but we are so grateful to be all together on what I know must seem like the longest family trip ever..."

Ripa also shared some throwback photos of her first born on Instagram for the occasion, writing, "And just like that you graduated college. MJC, the joy and pride you have brought our family is indescribable. I love you with all my heart ♥️💜♥️💜♥️💜♥️ #NYU #2020." 

 

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