It’s a cruel irony that society loves to make stars out of those that deserve it the least. How else can we explain the decades-long dominance of Kelly Ripa?
Since 2001, Ripa has brought the morning pain with too-loud interviews and a barrage of Botox-infused grins on the various incarnations of ABC’s “Live with…” morning show. Who needs coffee when you have Kelly’s shrill voice ringing through your ears at the crack of dawn?
Like many “stars,” Kelly’s private life is a source of intrigue for her fans. When viewers caught a glimpse of her luxurious New York home on her Instagram, they weren’t gawking at her husband, Mark Consuelos, and his washboard abs.
They were looking at the manicured lawn and patio seating area with envy, wondering what it’s like to be rich.
Kelly and her husband may live a charmed life, but Kelly is far from charming. Given how many times she’s put her foot in her mouth throughout her career, Kelly’s lucky to still be at the top of her game. She should’ve been canceled a long time ago.
Let’s take a little walk down memory lane, shall we?
When Live with Kelly became Live with Kelly and Michael in 2012, it was a carefully orchestrated move by the network. Strahan never set out to be a co-host; he was sought out and offered the job.
Pretty quickly, Michael realized that he wasn’t in a partnership like he had hoped. He was Ripa’s “sidekick.”
The pair may have looked like they got along great on-camera, but off-camera, Kelly didn’t want anything to do with him. According to Michael, they had a “meeting every few weeks” at the beginning, but suddenly it all changed.
She said she didn’t want to meet. Can’t force somebody to do something they don’t want to do.
Amazingly, Michael soldiered on for four years, collecting the checks until he left to join Good Morning America.
Certain things that were going on behind the scenes just caught up.
Well, okay then.
For her part, Kelly was furious. She called in sick and went on vacation, addressing the story when she returned to the show.
What transpired, though, over the course of a few days has been extraordinary in the sense that it started a much greater conversation about communication and consideration and, most importantly, respect in the workplace.
Was that Kelly taking responsibility for being a class-A diva, or has she placed the blame solely at Strahan’s feet? We’d have to go with the former on that one, given Michael’s comments.
It wasn’t the last time that Kelly proved she lives in a world woefully skewed by her privilege.
When most of us think of extreme poverty, we’re lucky enough to have no idea what that looks like. Kelly Ripa, despite her $120 million in the bank, couldn’t even buy a clue.
Back in 2019, Kelly faced the firing squad when she joked about her son Michael’s living conditions during a show.
He loves the freedom. He hates paying his own rent and he is chronically poor. I don’t think he ever really experienced extreme poverty like now. He’s experiencing being an adult.
At the time, her son was at college in NYC, living in a subsidized apartment with roommates.
People were understandably outraged. This is a woman that lives in a $27 million Manhattan townhouse when she’s not vacationing in her Caribbean home.
What’s more, when Kelly was taken to task over it and called out, she bashed her critics.
People love to have fake outrage over something they didn’t see. They only read a headline and wag their tired fingers. I didn’t grow up privileged and neither did (Mark). We work and we expect our kids to as well. And the fact that a pack of fools want to bitch about that, I say let ’em.
It’s spelled s-o-r-r-y, Kelly. Is it really that hard?
These are just two examples out of a 34-year career, but isn’t it time to get rid of problematic daytime personalities with lousy behavior and usher in a new wave?
Let’s face it, there are a million other “Kelly Ripas” out there – and some of them might actually be half-decent human beings. It would be a welcome change, wouldn’t it?
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