Carrie Ann Inaba got more than she bargained for while filling in for the vacationing Kelly Ripa on Thursday’s “Live! with Regis and Kelly,” thanks to her now-fiancé, Jesse Sloan.
At the beginning of the show, the “Dancing with the Stars” judge cleared up rampant rumors of a possible engagement – spurred by a recent interview with Prevention magazine, in which Carrie said she was “planning a summer wedding on the beach” — telling Regis Philbin that the stories were not true and flashing her bare ring finger to the show’s audience.
However, the 42-year-old former Fly Girl was shocked at the end of show, when Regis answered a pre-planned viewer question regarding the best way to propose. The studio lights slowly dimmed as Jesse made his way onstage to ask Carrie to marry him.
“Yes, I will marry you,” a shocked Carrie tearfully answered. “You tricked me!”
The newly engaged couple shared a kiss and embrace before Jesse, 39, adorned Carrie’s finger with a platinum 2.5-carat princess-cut diamond ring by Rafinity, which also contained Carrie and Jesse’s birthstones, according to People.