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SR International: Kelly Ripa Talks New Book, Prince Harry’s Memoir, Marriage Secrets, And More

SR International: Kelly Ripa Talks New Book, Prince Harry’s Memoir, Marriage Secrets, And More


When Kelly Ripa––who reportedly has a net worth of $120 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, embarked on her first book in 2020, she wasn’t worried at all. “I have the opposite of impostor syndrome,” she says. “I think that because I enjoy doing something, because I enjoy reading, I can write a book.” Kelly Ripa Net Worth

But once she got started, that confidence began to dwindle. Fortunately, she had a Rolodex full of published-author friends to call on for motivation and advice. When deadline anxiety crept up on her, actor Alan Cumming “told me that he was four years past his deadline,” Ripa says. In a moment of doubt, she turned to actor and former White House staffer Kal Penn: “I said, ‘I’ve been dreaming that I walk in front of a bus and I get hit by it.’ And he goes, ‘Oh, that means you’re almost done.’”

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And then there’s Mark Consuelos, Ripa’s former co-star on the soap opera “All My Children” and husband of 26 years, who was the first to read every chapter. “If he disputes something, I let him have a moment to dispute it—in the footnotes,” Ripa says.

In the book, a collection of essays titled “Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories,” Ripa, 51, traces the arc of her career—from the 12 years she spent on “All My Children” to the more than two decades she has co-hosted a live morning show with a rotating cast of companions, including Regis Philbin, Michael Strahan, and Ryan Seacrest.

“The one thing that writing this book has taken from me is my ability to enjoy reading other books,” Ripa says. “Because now all I think about is how the author must have been riddled with self-loathing through the process, or how they were up at night thesaurus-ing words.”

Here, she talks to WSJ. about on-screen chemistry, Prince Harry’s forthcoming memoir, and her secrets for keeping her marriage exciting.

Here are a few things Kelly Ripa revealed to WSJ. Magazine…

On what time she wakes up on Mondays:

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I usually wake up around 5 a.m. because I try to pull as many news items as I can. We look to entertain our audience, and they’ve sat through the network news for most of their mornings. So we try to diffuse them with ridiculous news articles, like alligators wandering through Texas suburbs or a bear that’s eating cupcakes at a 2-year-old’s birthday party, that sort of thing. Kelly Ripa Net Worth

On her routine:

I sneak away into the bathroom, I close the door and then I do a dry-body brush, because I read that Elle Macpherson does that. It’s good for circulation and apparently, I will grow 6 to 8 inches by the time I’m done. Just kidding, it doesn’t happen. But I try every day, there’s fresh hope that it’s going to happen.

I jump in the shower, wash my hair, and—because of COVID—now I do my own makeup at home. After I get out of the shower, I put on the 855 different serums and lotions that do absolutely nothing. During working hours, Mark will bring me coffee—unless he’s out of town, in which case I’m screwed.

What’s your go-to breakfast on a Monday?

I never have breakfast until after the show, because I’ve found over 22 years of hosting that if I have breakfast before, I sit in that show and digest breakfast. It is just one long indigestion complaint, from myself to myself.

On detailing in her book’s introduction that both her and Prince Harry were supposed to announce their books on the same day, and whether she’ll read his:

Oh my gosh. Yes, I mean of course I will. I delayed my announcement because I didn’t want the Prince Harry of it all to suck the wind out of my little tiny announcement. Then I delayed it only to be upstaged by the Bezos rocket blasting into the substratosphere. So to me, it was just all bad omens, right? Maybe we shouldn’t announce it all. Just let people find it in the library.

On the odds of Prince Harry reading her book:

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Oh, I think it’s probably a 0% chance, but maybe Meghan Markle will. I mean, maybe.

On writing scripts with one goal in mind:

My ultimate goal is to get off camera, because I really do enjoy the process of behind-the-scenes creativity more than [being] in front of the camera.

On the perception that she vibrates at a higher frequency and has more energy than most people do:

I don’t. I can vibrate at a higher frequency for several hours, and then I come crashing down into an almost inanimate object, like a person asleep with their eyes open. I feel like I have to apologize to seatmates that I have at dinner, because they think they’re going to get a party, and what they get is a person that says, “So tell me what it is you do,” because I just want to be told things so I can listen instead of chatter.

On her favorite TV cameo over the past few years:

Far and away, I think my favorite has to be “Broad City.” After 30-plus years on television—12 years on “All My Children,” three years on the sitcom “Hope and Faith,” 22 years on a live daily talk show—the No. 1 thing I am recognized for is “Broad City.”

On what makes for good on-screen chemistry:

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I like to work with my friends. Ryan [Seacrest] and I work really well together because we have had a 20-plus-year friendship. We trust one another and admire each other. We involve each other in our deep workplace discussions, which was such a new thing for me.

On how she keeps her marriage exciting:

We really like one another, and I think that’s more important than anything. We enjoy each other’s company, we like conversations that we have with one another, and more importantly we can sit silently together and do nothing. We went on vacation and watched the sunset. We didn’t say a single word to each other. And when the sun went down, he looked at me and he goes, “That was really nice.” And I said, “It really was.”

On the best piece of advice she’s ever received:

The best piece of advice I ever received is to learn the phrase, “No, that doesn’t work for me.” You’re going to want to throw in an apology. Trust me, OK? I’m not kidding. It is human nature to apologize. It is essential that you do not apologize. An apology lets there be negotiation room. The phrase is, “No, that doesn’t work for me,” and it will help you with everything in your life. Kelly Ripa Net Worth

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