Kelly Ripa Isn’t Mincing Words on How She Was Treated Versus Her Male Co-Workers While on ‘Live! With Regis and Kelly’

When you heard Regis in the early 2000s, you heard Kelly and so on and so on. They were a package deal for what felt like an eternity and became a tradition for millions of viewers to visit Kelly Ripa and her former co-host Regis Philbin.
While promoting her upcoming book, Ripa told People all the details about working on Live! With Regis and Kelly from 2001 to 2011. Now she remains respectful throughout, but doesn't mince words when it comes to workplace sexism and how she worked incredibly hard to earn her place, saying, "It there were good days and bad days. I don't want to feel like I'm hitting anyone or that I'm being disrespectful. But I also want people to know that it wasn't a cakewalk."
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“It has taken me years to earn my place there and earn things that are routinely given to the men I have worked with. Including an office and a place for my computer,” she added. “The biggest misconception is that everything came easily. People think I just showed up one day and got a job and I lived happily ever after and now everything is perfect. But it never is.”
Ripa joined the show in 2001 after Philbin's former co-host Kathie Lee Gifford left. They stayed on the air for a decade before departing. Ripa was later named one of the most powerful people in media by The Hollywood Reporter. Philbin co-hosted and guest-starred on many morning shows until his death in 2020.
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In Ripa's debut book, Live Wire, she talks about everything from motherhood to marriage. In the honest and funny collection of short stories, Ripa leaves nothing behind and gives all her wisdom to the fans.
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