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.