Ripa tells me that lately she's been receiving complaints from viewers who claim to be able to see her nipples through her clothes. Ripa and Strahan bound onto the stage to pumping music and dance in place before settling into their chairs.
That she manages to do this without appearing arrogant or embarrassed is perhaps why Ripa has been able to win over not just those looking for wholesome morning entertainment, but the culturally sophisticated, too.
It's a tonal dexterity that confounds other hosts—in 2012, Ann Curry was ousted from after just a year as cohost for failing to connect with her audience—but one that seems to come easily to Ripa: She's a wife and mother of three who loves box wine, boardwalks, and Uggs, but she's also a So Ho resident who gets tattooed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; takes family vacations with Cooper (recently, to Croatia); and, as I will soon learn, can reference HBO's Girls without seeming affected.
Sometimes I wear heels, because I happen to love heels, but if it's freezing cold or boiling hot, it could easily be an Ugg boot or a flip-flop." Ripa looks petite on TV, and no less so in person.
"I'm exactly 64 inches, which I know from my life-insurance exam.
Soon Ripa landed the role that would make her famous with daytime-TV fans: Hayley, on Having also grown up in New Jersey, I point out that it's hard to get out of the state without some kind of branding. Ripa looks at me for a few seconds as if trying to make a decision. "I have one of those, too."After apologizing for several minutes, I ask her what the tattoo is of, but she'd "rather not say." She does, however, tell me that she got it on her wedding night—a true tramp stamp it is not.
Ripa has been married to Mark Consuelos, her former , tells me of first meeting Ripa."Reeg," as Ripa and his peers call him, represented a bygone era of showbiz, not so much because of his age, but because of his on-air personality, which was often barky and self-congratulatory.For years, Ripa dutifully tempered and bolstered him, setting up his meandering stories and rescuing him every time that it was clear he'd never heard of the young actress sitting next to him.Philbin, host of the show since 1983, had had a number of "wives" over the years—Cyndy Garvey, Ann Abernathy, Kathie Lee Gifford—and critics wondered if sunny sidekick Ripa had the talent or the clout to take the lead role.reported, and 14 percent among its target audience of women ages 25 to 54.Ripa's preshow routine, relative to other morning TV hosts, is expeditious. M., and an hour later she's beamed into some 3 million households across the country.