Kelly Ripa is an American talk show host best known as the co-host of ABC syndicated morning talk show, Live! with Kelly. She is also a dancer, actress, and TV producer. She earns around $20 million annually for her ABC host duties. Her assets are estimated at over $100 million.
Kelly Ripa Bio, How She Began
Kelly Maria Ripa was born on October 2, 1970, in Stratford, New Jersey. Her passion for entertainment began at the young age of 3 when she started taking ballet classes and also learned to play the piano. Her interest in dance continued through to high school where she became a cheerleader at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees Township, New Jersey. Kelly was so good at cheerleading that her teacher recommended that she pursue a professional career in acting, which would make her the first in her family to chose the profession.
After graduation, she proceeded to study psychology at Camden County College, New Jersey. While in college, she began performing in local theatre productions. During the same period, Ripa gained her first exposure as a dancer on the dance music reality show “Dancin’ On Air” and later its successor “Dance Party USA”.
Kelly Ripa Husband, Kids, Family
Kelly Ripa is married to fellow actor Mark Consuelos and they have been married since 1996. Consuelos, who was born in Spain is of mixed ethnicity – Mexican on his father’s side, and Italian on his mother’s side. They met in 1995 on the set of the TV show “All My Children” where he portrayed the role of Mateo Santos and like it was for Kelly, the film was also the big break for Consuelos. Their marriage was in Las Vegas in May 1996 and was very secret. In fact, many thought they were still dating at the point when they were already married.
The lovebirds have three children to date: Michael Joseph Consuelos (b. June 1997), Lola Grace Consuelos (b. June 2001), and Joaquin Antonio Consuelos (b. February 2003).
Kelly Ripa who stands at 5ft 2′ has a great pair of legs and high arches, she wears size 7 shoes. Kelly is known for her expensive and lavish lifestyle. She owns an Upper East Side townhouse which she bought for $27 million and another mansion in the Hamptons.
Career Breakthrough With “All My Children”
While performing in a local theatre production titled “The Ugly Duckling” Ripa was discovered and offered her first major role of Hayley Vaughan on ABC daytime soap opera, “All My Children”. She made her debut on the show in 1990 but continued to appear on the dance show, leaving in 1992. She portrayed her role on the ABC show for 12 years from 1990 to 2002. She received two Soap Opera Digest Award for her role and also received two Daytime Emmy nominations. Kelly married her All My Children co-star Mark Consuelos in 1996. While Ripa was on All My Children, she also appeared in a number movies including Marvin’s Room (1996), The Stand-In (1999) and Someone to Love (2001).
Kelly Ripa’s Salary, Live! With Kelly
In 2000 when Kathie Lee Gifford left ABC daytime morning talk show “Live! with Regis and Kathie” Kelly Ripa was selected by Regis Philbin as the replacement after she immediately impressed at the on-air auditions. Ripa made her official debut on the show in February 2001. And it wasn’t long before Kelly’s wit gave “Live! with Regis and Kelly” an incredible 80% surge in ratings among the younger demographics. Her natural sense of humor seemed to have blended perfectly with Philbin’s and the show soon recorded an average of 6 million viewers daily.
After Regis Philbin retired from the show at the age of 80 in November 2011, Kelly replaced him as the chief host and the show was renamed Live! With Kelly. In order to find a replacement for Philbin, Ripa opted for the same on-air audition procedure which she underwent. Retired NFL player and New York Giants star Michael Strahan was chosen as a replacement. “Live! With Kelly and Michael” premiered in September 2012 and that same year, the show won its first Daytime Emmy Award for the outstanding talk show. Kelly received $20 million annually for her hosting duties, double of the $10 million her co-host Strahan was earning.
Kelly, Michael and ABC Controversy
In April 2016 after four years of co-hosting Live! with Michael Strahan, Kelly without prior knowledge learned on set that Strahan was exiting the show for Good Morning America, the ABC flagship morning news program. Angered and shocked by the sudden revelation, Kelly quit the show returning only a week later.
Tensions between Strahan and Kelly forced Strahan to make his Good Morning America premiere four months earlier than the slated time. As an apology and compensation for their unacceptable action, Disney, the parent company of ABC promoted Kelly to executive producer of Live!, raising her salary in the process.
One of the Most Powerful Women in Media, per Hollywood Reporter, Kelly whose income is approximately over $100 million is the ideal candidate for endorsement deals. Her active longtime partners include Ryka and Electrolux. While in the past she has shilled for 7Up, TD Bank, and Tide.
Together with her husband Mark Consuelos, Kelly owns the production company Milojo which they founded in 20
07. The company name is a combination of the names of their three children Michael, Lola, and Joaquin. The company’s first short film “The Bensonhurst Spelling Bee” (2012) which featured the couple and their son Michael went viral online with over 1 million views.
As common with many celebrities, Kelly has been a victim of internet celebrity death hoax after news of her passing circulated on social networking sites, thankfully, it was a fake report. The TV personality lives on and continues what she knows how to do best.