‘These are my choices for me’

Kelly Ripa keeps it real.

The talk show host, 51, is used to being emotionally open to “Live with Kelly and Ryan” every morning — and seeing herself in front of the camera every day.

This caused some insecurities, she said in a new interview with People about her upcoming book, “Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories,” due out Sept. 28.

“For me it was just more of my comfort level. If I was working off-camera I wouldn’t wash my hair or wear makeup regularly, but when I started seeing things I didn’t like, I thought, well, the next turtleneck is going to have two eye holes,” she said. .

Instead, she started getting wrinkle-smoothing injections and hasn’t looked back since.

“I’m not saying you should be intimidated by people for cosmetic procedures. These are mine choices for me,” she said.

Kelly Ripa wears a pink suit
Kelly Ripa is an open book.
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In 2020, Ripa even joked about her “Botox deficiency” during the lockdown, taking viewers behind the scenes as she was poked in front of the camera.

“As I describe in the book, being open and honest about cosmetic procedures is what I’ve always done on the show. I’ve always talked about it openly and honestly because honestly at 40 I thought I was the only person getting older and I didn’t understand why,” Ripa said in a video accompanying her People piece.

“I kept saying, ‘I have to quit my job because… it’s too early in the morning, it’s too much reading, it’s too much work, it’s a lot of anxiety, it’s too much makeup and it weighs down me and I just look older than everyone else.’”


Husband Mark Consuelos is more taken with Ripa’s bum than with her face in this hilarious photo.



The star also talks about her marriage in her new book.


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But instead of finding a new career, Ripa started dabbling in injectables and discussed her experience in broadcasting.

“There are procedures that you can have done. And once you start talking about what you’ve done, people get very open about what they’ve done and then you start trading doctors,” she said.

In fact, there’s no gatekeeper here — the blonde bombshell said she even provided a list of her own doctors at the end of the book so fellow New Yorkers can get in touch and book their own appointments.

“If you see someone you like, be generous with that information,” Ripa said.

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