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Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 5:44AM EDT
Sarah Michelle Gellar shares a throwback photo of her and a big-haired Kelly Ripa from their All My Children days
"They say big hair, big dreams....maybe they were right," Gellar captioned the photo from the mid-1990s.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
Freeform teams with Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos on a Hamptons drama series
The couple is producing a series based on Jasmin Rosemberg’s 2008 book How the Other Half Hamptons, about a group of female friends who share a house in the Hamptons with 40 strangers over the summer.
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 6:48PM EDT
Kelly Ripa takes on Instagram trolls who complain she takes too many vacations
One Instagram commenter complained: “She’s the only anchor with the whole summer off. She doesn’t work that hard to begin with," prompting the Live co-host to respond: “I’m not an anchor, I don’t have the whole summer off, and I work extremely hard. Anything else?”
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
Alec Baldwin says SNL should get somebody else to do Trump full-time
During an appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan this morning, Baldwin had a "no comment" response to speculation that SNL's Sopranos-themed season finale cold open could be the last we see of his President Trump. But when the Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest pressed him, Baldwin seemed to hint he might be done with the character, according to The Daily Beast. “It does crash every weekend you have with your kids,” Baldwin said. “I enjoy doing it, but what’s going to happen in the future? I don't know where I’m going to working, where I’m going to be.” He said The Sopranos series finale ending "could be" foreshadowing, “but who knows what’s going to happen, if I do it again or don’t do it again.” But then he added in a telling statement: “They should get somebody who can do it all the time.”
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 8:36PM EDT
Michael Strahan has no regrets over his Live exit two years ago
"There's nothing I would have done differently," he said two years after his exit for GMA. "I handled it as professional as you can handle it and I have been a professional from day one there to the last day I left… I had the opportunity to do something that most people don't—I get a chance to evolve; to do different, creative things."
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Kelly Ripa admits she loves to "troll a troll"
Lately, the Live star has been responding to Instagram trolls, including somebody who called her head too "big for her body." Why? Because "I love a clapback," she told Jerry O'Connell on The Wendy Williams Show. "I love a troll but I love to troll a troll. Like, if you're gonna troll me, then I'm gonna troll back. And that, we can all agree, that is the way God intended."
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
American Idol is pretty much the same on ABC, but a little sappier and more Disney-fied
Just about everything on Sunday's premiere is like the Fox version, right down to the host, the emotional contestant backstories, the music and the judges, who -- like the old ones -- "are also mostly OK," says Kelly Lawler. She notes that ABC seems to put a greater emphasis on the "American" in American Idol. "The tone is heartwarming; failed contestants are let down as easily as possible and the contestants who make it to Hollywood are all as sweet and diverse and quirky as can be," she adds. "The problem with making Idol a warm and fuzzy show that takes literal trips to Disney World is this: The vitriol is what helped catapult the series to its onetime status as a phenomenon. Idol was, for much of its long run, a show about telling people the truth, even if it hurt."
- Burning questions: Will sexual harassment scandal affect Seacrest? Will The Walking Dead and O.J. Simpson hurt the premiere?
- ABC defends the high costs of its Idol reboot: It's about the same price of an hourlong drama, $3.5 million to $4.5 million
- For Lionel Richie, American Idol is a chance to share his six decades of experience in the music industry
- Kelly Clarkson defined what a reality show winner should be: Nobody has done it better than her
- Kelly Ripa "auditions" for Idol
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 1:41AM EST
The Bachelor would be better off if it dumped Chris Harrison
Harrison was 30 when The Bachelor premiered in 2002. He was about the same age as The Bachelors. But at age 46, Harrison has been struggling to keep up with his "host-as-pal" persona. He seems more concerned with The Bachelor franchise, and not The Bachelor himself -- or as Willa Paskin put in her review of Monday's finale, Harrison is "an emotional succubus posing as an empath.” Indeed, as Kathryn VanArendonk notes, Harrison is "a man whose onscreen personality has long since been scooped out and replaced with corporate-speak and a burning desire for better ratings and social-media engagement. He is a human-shaped instantiation of network notes." She adds that Harrison's approach to The Bachelor is stuck in 2002, and needs a shakeup. "His tone, his demeanor, and his transparent pleasure at hyping a calamitous breakup have become the embodied tone of The Bachelor," she says. "Outside, it’s all solicitous worry for the people involved. Inside, it’s a complete contempt for the softies who think maybe you shouldn’t, say, cast racist suitors for the first black Bachelorette. If Harrison is a puppet, what I’m arguing is that the strings are now way too visible."
- Harrison isn't worried about the criticism: "When people are angry, it just means they care...it means it struck a chord"
- Minnesota lawmaker drafts bill to ban Arie Luyendyk Jr. from the state
- ABC exec on Bachelor diversity: "We look at everything, and diversity is not only ethnicity, but also it’s the types of women that we had..."
- Arie on Bekah Martinez posting his DMs: "It shows her immaturity"
- Kelly Ripa doesn't think Arie and Lauren will make it 100 days
Posted Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
Is Ryan Seacrest immune to the #MeToo movement?
Sonia Saraiya wonders why Seacrest has been seemingly unaffected by his sexual harassment scandal, details of which were reported this week in her publication Variety. "I can’t objectively defend Variety," she writes. "But I can observe that Seacrest is engaging in his own public-opinion chess, with a skill we haven’t seen from other accused men. Unlike them, Seacrest is a man whose primary marketable talent is continuing to be generally liked; he is a master of this form. And this behavior from him is a play — a belligerent, entitled, corporate-sponsored play that exploits the weaknesses in a system that is designed to work against victims of harassment. Seacrest and his publicity team have taken special note of how the judgment of crowds imperfectly aligns with the judgment of courts; of how, in the age of reality-star president Donald Trump, arrogant denial has surprising weight with the viewing audience. That Seacrest’s on-air persona is an appealingly inoffensive one adds to his power; if that persona is merely a performance, viewers at home don’t know the difference."
Posted Thursday 3/01/18 at 10:28PM EST
Ryan Seacrest can't help but be a distraction in an important year on the Oscars red carpet
"The Oscars red carpet will be the culmination of an extraordinary season in Hollywood," Daniel D'Addario says of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. "Given the general tone of the conversation around workplace assault and the responsibilities Seacrest bears in general, the best thing, for Seacrest and for his audience, would be to step away from the spotlight," he says. "The problem is that he can’t." D'Addario adds: "In the most hospitable of years, Seacrest’s presence amidst a story like this would be odd and uncomfortable but surmountable. But this year, the topic on the red carpet has been sexual assault in Hollywood, a topic that Seacrest now cannot realistically broach without creating a situation that’s more than embarrassing. It’s one in which he, presently embroiled in a scandal, can’t be an impartial interviewer. It does him no good to be on the red carpet but it also does no good to stars who might have something to say about the biggest Hollywood story in a generation or more, or to viewers hoping to soak up what seems to be a new frankness that’s come over the red carpet."
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 5:47PM EST
Report: Kelly Ripa "is fully supportive and 110 percent behind" Ryan Seacrest
Despite an "awkward moment" this morning between Ripa and her Live co-host, People magazine reports that she fully supports Seacrest following a former co-worker's allegations of sexual harassment and abuse. People further reports that "spokespeople for both American Idol and iHeartMedia are also in full support." Seacrest's girlfriend, Shayna Taylor, also expressed her support via an Instagram post this morning. "You are the most respectful, well mannered, civil, gracious, loving, kind human being," she wrote. "I have known you for 6 years and every day you impress me with your kindness. Not only to me or your friends and family, but most importantly in your work environment. You have worked SO hard to be where you are and you deserve it." ALSO: E!'s investigation of Seacrest included the male former co-worker who spoke anonymously to Today about witnessing alleged misconduct.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 2:03PM EST
NBC News spoke to a former Ryan Seacrest E! co-worker who anonymously corroborated sexual harassment allegations
"She would go to tie his shoe and Ryan would shove her head toward his crotch," the former co-worker said on the Today show, which used to employ Seacrest. "I saw that more than once," he added. NBC News says it is "withholding the man's name because he still works in Hollywood and fears retaliation." NBC and E! are corporate siblings. ALSO: Did Kelly Ripa shade Seacrest this morning on Live?
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 2:17PM EST
Kelly Ripa delivers an impassioned speech on gun violence: "Offering thoughts and prayers are not enough anymore"
"People are gonna say, ‘Oh, you’re a talk show host, shut up,'" the Live! co-host said this morning in reaction to the mass high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. "In this moment, I am a mom of three kids that go to school and I had to talk my kids off a ledge this morning because they were afraid to go to school." Ripa added: "The fact that our country has such unparalleled mass shooter violence is staggering to me...So somebody needs to have a conversation that is larger than in this moment, and again, I just say it as a concerned citizen and parent and human being that something needs to change, there needs to be a bigger, better dialogue because we are failing in this area." ALSO: Megyn Kelly had a deeply pessimistic monologue about America's gun epidemic
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 11:19PM EST
Kelly Ripa says she and Ryan Seacrest are “good time Charlies” on Live, while Regis Philbin had a “no-talking off-camera” rule
In a profile of their Live pairing, Ripa calls Seacrest “the future of the franchise. He’s the future of ABC.” Seacrest returned the compliment: “If it were raining outside and there was a puddle, I’d want to stand in front of Kelly so she wouldn’t get wet. There’s that protection thing. As for Regis Philbin, Ripa says of their relationship: “Regis had a mandate: Absolutely no talking off-camera. He had almost a superstition about it. You save it for the show. I’d be like, ‘Good morning,’ and he’d say, ‘Save it for the air!’”
Posted Monday 10/30/17 at 9:37PM EDT
Mark Consuelos' real-life daughter is jealous of his Riverdale daughter
Kelly Ripa says her daughter, Lola, “cannot believe dad is on a show that I actually watch." Ripa tells Jimmy Fallon, “You know, so Veronica — she’s 16 also — and she drinks mimosas at breakfast. My daughter’s like, ‘Dad never lets me drink mimosas at breakfast!’ And I go, ‘Yeah, because he’s a real father and that’s a character on TV!’” ALSO: Check out K.J. Apa with his lookalike stunt double.