Born on October 2, 1970 in Stratford, New Jersey, Kelly Ripa is one of the biggest current daytime talk show hosts ever with a whopping net worth of $100 million. She started out on the ABC soap opera All My Children, which earned her three Daytime Emmy Award nominations for her portrayal of businesswoman Hayley Vaughan. With all of the acclaim she has gained from her acting and hosting career, there are some things that have never been brought up in several years. We take a look at 12 secrets that Kelly Ripa rarely talks about on the air today.
12) Rarely Speaks To Regis
After 10 years on air together, one would think that Kelly Ripa still keeps in touch with her former co-host Regis Philbin. That’s not the case, though. The former Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? host has admitted to not speaking with Ripa since leaving the program in 2011.
11) Smelly Kelly
Kelly Ripa is very concerned about her daily hygiene, and she has her old classmates to thank for that one. Back in school, her nickname was Smelly Kelly. When it came to naming her children, Michael, Lola, and Joaquin, Kelly decided to choose names that are very hard to rhyme.
10) Tramp Stamp
Kelly Ripa got a tramp stamp shortly after her wedding to actor Mark Consuelos. The actress admitted to the piece of ink in a 2013 issue of Elle, but she didn’t get into specifics about the design. Kelly did get a wrist tattoo of her husband’s last name, and she recently removed her ankle tattoo that she got during her time on All My Children.
9) Feud With Rosie O’Donnell
One of the strangest moments of her time on the show was American Idol singer Clay Aiken placing his hand on her mouth. Ripa jokingly said, “I don’t know where that hand’s been, honey,” which led to Rosie O’Donnell insisting that she was homophobic. The only thing is that Aiken didn’t come out prior to the incident. This prompted Aiken to publicly come out in a 2008 interview with People.
8) Hate Mail For Her Weight
When she was pregnant with her first child Michael Joseph, Kelly gained some weight on screen, which led to some fans lashing out at the actress with a massive amount of hate mail. One note that reads “Eat a carrot, you fat bastard” is still in her dressing room today.
7) Fights On Set
On All My Children, Kelly Ripa and co-star Matt Borlenghi played lovers Hayley Vaughan and Brian Bodine, respectively. Behind the scenes, both cast members were heard yelling at each other and throwing objects. While some thought they were rehearsing, Borlenghi admitted they both hated each other, but they’re good friends now.
6) Terrence Howard Asked Her Out
Terrence Howard was screen testing for All My Children when he decided to ask Kelly Ripa out on a date. Shocked at the sudden proposal, Kelly decided to pass on the offer. The Empire star has no hard feeling about the situation; he has appeared on the talk show numerous times over the years.
5) The Language Barrier
Kelly’s husband Mark Consuelos comes from a mixed background. With his father being Spanish and her mother being Italian, it was very hard for the host to comprehend what her in-laws were saying. Kelly is three-quarters Italian, but she never brushed up on the language. During one argument with Mark and his parents, Kelly understood her mother-in-law clearly when she yelled, “because Kelly does not iron!”
4) Dream On
When she first met her husband on the set of All My Children, Kelly instantly fell in love with the fellow soap star. She always dreamed about their marriage even before they started dating. While Kelly was scared that the actor was set to throw a restraining order on her, things worked out in the end.
3) Psychic Powers
On November 1, 2000, Kelly had her tryout for the co-hosting gig on Live with Regis. One of the guests on this specific episode was psychic Char Margolis, who predicted that the actress was pregnant with her second child. Kelly was stunned because she was right; she gave birth to Lola Grace seven months later.
2) Delgo’s Failure
Kelly Ripa provided the voice of Kurrin in the 2008 animated film Delgo. Unfortunately, the computer animated film was a massive failure at the box office with a gross of $915,840. The film is the lowest grossing computer animated film of all time. On average, the movie had two viewers per screening.
1) Bieber’s Crush
Pop star Justin Bieber made his debut on Live with Kelly on February 2, 2011, and the Canadian was completely smitten with the actress and has had a crush on her since that day. He posted an Instagram photo of Ripa in a bikini with the hashtag #bigcrush back in 2015.
In her illustrious career, Kelly Ripa has earned four Daytime Emmy Awards for her work on Live with Kelly, gained a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was placed in the New Jersey Hall of Fame. With the departure of Michael Strahan in 2016, Kelly has been handling things with the help of various co-hosts including, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Daniel Dae Kim, and Cedric the Entertainer. With over 15 years on the program, there’s no telling when she’ll retire just like her old co-host Regis. Whether she decides to put an end to this chapter now or in 20 years, Kelly will walk away as one of the greats in the field.