As she held a snake on the show, host Kelly Ripa was more distracted by her jewelry than anything else and quickly commented, "I'm sort of distracted, not just by the snake, but there's a very large diamond ring on your ring finger. …I'm not sure if you want to announce anything... Does that signify anything? Is that a promise of something?"
Panettiere remarked, "It might be. ... I mean…I think it speaks for itself."
Ripa bluntly asked, "Are you engaged?" and Panettiere said, "I am."
She later remarked that she hadn't picked a date.
The couple is said to have met in 2009 at a book party.