Blonde, steamy, and perky, Kelly Ripa is one of the most famous TV personalities across the US. Her talent and bubbly personality helped her rise to fame and stay on Live! for more than 18 years. And frankly, she keeps climbing the ladder: not many TV hosts get to have their name in the title of the show and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
While there's no doubt that Kelly is loved by her fans, it's not only her success that attracts people. Her sweet marriage to co-star Mark Consuelos is another factor that helps Kelly stand out. After all, not many celebs have been happily married for almost a quarter of a century, right? Kelly and Mark have three kids; Michael, Lola, and Joaquin.
Yet, TV shows are not all about glitter, Halloween costumes, and famous guests. Being in the spotlight comes with lots of responsibility, social media feuds, and fake smiles. So, here are 9 people Kelly doesn’t mesh well with (and 11 she adores).
20 Kelly Ripa And Regis Philbin Didn't Have The Best Relationship Off-Air
Although Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin seemed friendly on-screen, they didn’t have the best relationship off-screen. According to cinemablend.com, the two talk show hosts haven’t spoken since Regis left Live! with Regis and Kelly in 2011. Why? Simply because Kelly took everything way too personal. What a great way to make it all about her!
19 Was She Rude To Michael Strahan Behind The Scenes?
The show didn’t end in 2011, though; it continued on with Michael Strahan. Kelly and Michael seemed great together but according to nickiswift.com, Michael was at war with Kelly. Jealous of all the attention he got, Kelly started bullying Michael behind the scenes. No surprise he left in 2016 to join Good Morning America.
18 Ryan Seacrest Might Be Upsetting Ripa
After searching for a replacement for ages, Ryan Seacrest appeared to be a great match for perky Kelly. Insiders, however, claim that Kelly aimed for someone less famous to boss around. She even got offended (again!) when Ryan signed on to host the iconic American Idol competition. Does Kelly really want to control her colleagues?
17 Mike Fleiss Slams Kelly On Twitter
With all the fame, celeb gossip, and glitter, you might think that ABC colleagues are living the dream together. Nevertheless, all that glitters is not gold, as people say. After Kelly Ripa called The Bachelor series creepy, creator Mike Fleiss tweeted, "Easy, @kellyripa ... #TheBachelor franchise pays your salary!"
16 Chris Harrison Responds To Ripa's Critical Comments
Game show host Chris Harrison also got involved in the dramatic feud between Kelly and Fleiss. Harrison tweeted, "@KellyRipa is coming after you and your 'disgusting' Monday night habit." Although only Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo defended Ripa, don’t we all agree with Kelly who said: "I thought that I was disgusted because I couldn't stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one, ordinary fella, in my opinion"?
15 Former Pal Howard Stern Dislikes Her
Celeb friendships often turn into bitter feuds. Although Howard Stern was once close to Ripa and Mark Consuelos, the shock jock clearly dislikes Ripa. Stern was angered by her childish reaction after Michael Strahan left Kelly’s morning gabfest. Stern commented, "We all have been humiliated, and we do not make 20 million dollars."
14 Megyn Kelly Betrayed Ripa
Is there something about Kelly Ripa and her personality that might be driving people away? Or is it her irrational fear that everything people do is a betrayal? After Megyn Kelly, who had co-hosted with Ripa, left to get her own show on NBC, Ripa was furious that all her colleagues were sneaking off behind her back.
13 Did She Insult Clay Aiken On-Air?
When American Idol Clay Aiken guest-hosted Live! with Regis and Kelly and put his hand over Ripa’s mouth, the world exploded. The two were already on each other’s nerves and when Kelly joked, "Oh, that's a no-no… I don't know where that hand's been, honey", some people snapped at Ripa.
12 Rosie O'Donnell Said Kelly Was Homophobic
One of the people who snapped at Kelly Ripa was Rosie O’Donnell. She said that what Kelly did to Clay was homophobic. According to nickiswift.com, Kelly told Regis, "I don't think that he was respectful in any way… You don't put your hands over somebody's face and mouth when they're conducting an interview, even if it's for a laugh… It was cold, and it was clammy, and I don't want your hand on my mouth in any circumstance unless I'm choking on a shrimp."
11 Kelly Adores Mark Consuelos
Although there are many people Kelly doesn’t mesh well with, there are people she simply adores. Like Mark Consuelos! The two met on the set of All My Children and just like their characters Mateo and Hayley, Mark and Kelly have experienced numerous twists and turns. They are still madly in love, though, and fans adore them!
10 Ripa and Jessica Sienfield Consider Each Other Sisters
With all her provocative interviews and perky attitude, it’s no surprise Kelly got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015. To celebrate her success, Mark and Kelly visited sunny Greece with their close friends Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld. Though Jessica has been silent on social media about Kelly Ripa for a long time, we hope they are still like sisters.
9 Rachel Zoe Is A Good Buddy
Another pretty and famous lady Kelly Ripa adores is fashion designer Rachel Zoe. Blonde and petite, the two friends enjoy each other’s company. In fact, Kelly feels so comfortable around her friend that she didn’t hesitate to dress up like Zoe for a Halloween-themed episode of Live! with Regis and Kelly.
8 Vin Diesel And Kelly Have Always Been Close Friends
One of the biggest celebs Kelly Ripa adores is hot actor Vin Diesel. As Diesel revealed, the two friends have known each other long before they got famous. According to abc.com, Kelly even joked at a party, "Let me just tell you, you look so much better without hair." Isn’t it great to have honest and funny friends?
7 Andy Cohen Is Kelly's Bro
There’s no need to explain why charming Andy Cohen is one of Kelly’s best friends. Authentic, funny, and successful, being around Cohen must be a blast. However, one of the days Kelly will never forget is the day she accidentally grabbed Andy’s private parts while co-hosting Live! with Kelly and Ryan together.
6 Traveling With Anderson Cooper
It’s not a secret that Anderson Cooper is Kelly’s best friend. As fans know, Ripa often shares pictures of herself and Anderson traveling the world and enjoying a meal together. As a matter of fact, Cooper was Ripa’s first choice to replace Michael Strahan. As she told Cohen during an episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, "He's my life. He really is."
5 Kelly Loves Spending Time With Carson Jones Daly
Lights! Camera! Action! Being famous is not easy, but at least there are many celebs to mesh with. Carson Daly is another television personality Kelly Ripa loves. In fact, as we can see from the picture above, the two are obsessed with SoulCycle – an indoor cycling workout program celebs simply adore.
4 Eva LaRue And Kelly Are Still Friends
Wondering how Kelly Ripa became famous? Ripa’s career took off in 1990 with her role in All My Children. Then, her hosting position on Live! helped her become who she is today. Talking about All My Children, we have to mention that she is still hanging out with co-star Eva-LaRue, aka Dr. Maria Santos.
3 Kristin Dawn Chenoweth Is More Than A Guest-Host
Talented Kristin Chenoweth is also one of Kelly’s close friends, a friend who is more than a guest-house. The two completed the High Heel-A-Thon on Live! with Regis and Kelly. As we know, Kelly Ripa is a huge fan of heels and even considers her 6-inch heels flats. Are we all shoe-a-holics?
2 Kelly Gave Leonardo DiCaprio A Stuffed Bear
We all know that Leonardo DiCaprio is over Revenant bear jokes. Yet, we have to admit that we all laughed when Kelly Ripa gave cute Leo a stuffed animal bear when he received his first Oscar for his role in The Revenant. Did you know that Kelly co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio in 1996’s Marvin’s Room?
1 Kelly Ripa And Star Jones Together
Star Jones is another celeb Kelly adores. This is not surprising as Jones has had one of the most interesting careers in Hollywood; she pursued a legal career, she became a beloved member of The View, and now she is a women's advocate. Ripa and Mark Conuselos even attended Jones' wedding to Al Reynolds; unfortunately, Star's marriages lasted only two years. In contrast, Kelly's marriage is still thriving after 23 years of ups and downs.
Sources: ABC, Cinema Blend, Nicki Swift