Kelly Ripa is slammed by Bachelor host Chris Harrison and show creator Mike Fleiss after she called the franchise ‘disgusting’ and ‘creepy’
Kelly Ripa didn’t hold back about what she really thinks of The Bachelor franchise on Tuesday’s episode of Live With Kelly and Ryan.
The TV host revealed she’s never liked the ABC show and called it ‘disgusting’, sparking a reaction from the host of the series Chris Harrison as well as the show’s creator Mike Fleiss.
Ripa’s remarks came when co-host Ryan Seacrest announced that the new Bachelorette Hannah Brown would be appearing on their talk show this week.
‘You know how I feel about this show’: Kelly Ripa called The Bachelor franchise disgusting and creepy on Tuesday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan
Initially confusing Brown with Cassie Randolph – Colton Underwood’s fiancee and the winner of the last season of The Bachelor – Ripa, 48, said: ‘Oh, it’s an entirely different person?
‘You know how I feel about this show. It disgusts me. I can’t stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one, ordinary fella, in my opinion. You know how I feel ladies! We are too special to be arguing over a guy.’
The audience cheered as she added, ‘having said that, all you women watch that gross, gross show.’
‘It disgusts me. I can’t stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one, ordinary fella, in my opinion.’ Kelly added after Ryan announced Bachelorette Hannah Brown will be stopping by on Thursday
Look out’: Chris Harrison, who has hosted The Bachelor since the beginning, was the first to respond on Tuesday night
‘Easy’: Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss reminded Kelly that the ABC show is the same network as her talk show
As Seacrest went on to recap the events of Monday night’s Bachelorette premiere, Ripa seemed even less interested and called the female version ‘just as creepy but in a completely different way,’ to the original Bachelor series. ‘I was like, ‘Ew, eww, ewww.”‘
Of Brown’s upcoming appearance on the show on Thursday Ripa joked, ‘I can’t wait to talk her out of it!’
Harrison, who has hosted The Bachelor since the beginning, was the first to respond on Tuesday night and tweeted: ‘Look out #BachelorNation @KellyRipa is coming after you and your ‘disgusting’ Monday night habit.’
Chris (left) and Mike (right) responded on Tuesday night after hearing what Kelly said about the show. Chris has hosted the dating competition since its beginning in 2002. Fleiss is creator and producer
Along with his message Harrison posted a link to a news article on Ripa’s criticism of the show.
Series creator Fleiss also slammed the morning show host, writing on Twitter: ‘Easy, @KellyRipa … #TheBachelor franchise pays your salary!’ referring to their shared network ABC.
Brown originally appeared on season 23 of The Bachelor where she competed for Colton’s heart.
Season 15 of The Bachelorette kicked off on Monday and saw Brown meet her 30 suitors before kicking one of the show straight away for having a secret girlfriend.
The Bachelorette airs on Mondays on ABC at 8pm ET.
Season 15 of The Bachelorette kicked off on Monday and saw Brown meet her 30 suitors before kicking Scott (pictured) off the show straight away for having a secret girlfriend