This month marked one year since the start of âLive with Kelly and Ryan.â But ever since Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest first teamed up, the tabloids have been trying to tear them apart. Below, Gossip Cop looks back at five wrong rumors about the Emmy-nominated hosting duo.
Not even two days after it was revealed Seacrest would be Michael Strahanâs replacement on âLive,â RadarOnline alleged Ripa was against hiring him. The site claimed the former soap actress wanted to be paired with someone who was not as âbig of a star as she isâ so she could âboss aroundâ her broadcasting partner. Curiously, the blog didnât mention with whom she supposedly preferred to work instead. The website also ignored Ripaâs palpable enthusiasm when she introduced Seacrest as her new co-host, as well as the fact that she had been promoted to executive producer on the talk show, which meant she had a direct say in who would be joining her at the table. It was also just plain illogical to think producers and executives would go against what she wanted, given the fallout the network faced after Strahanâs exit was orchestrated without her knowledge. Additionally, an ABC insider confirmed to Gossip Cop, âKelly was in charge from the beginning and glad everything worked outâ to get Seacrest on board.
In August, the online publicationâs sister outlet, the National Enquirer, ran a cover story announcing Ripa was threatening to quit âLiveâ over Seacrestâs âbetrayal.â The premise was that with âAmerican Idolâ returning, Seacrest was secretly trying to get the morning show moved to the West Coast to better suit his busy schedule. Enraged over the possibility, it was alleged Ripa gave an âultimatum,â and told execs âthat if push comes to shove, sheâs ready to walk.â Upon investigating, however, Gossip Cop learned that Seacrest never requested âLiveâ be relocated, so Ripa had nothing to be upset about. In fact, when it was officially announced Seacrest would host the âIdolâ reboot, it was explained he would fly back and forth in order to shoot both shows. And thatâs exactly what he did this spring as the music competition aired.
The following month, Life & Style published its own cover story claiming Kim Kardashian could end up replacing Ripa on âLive.â After the reality star served as a guest co-host in Ripaâs absence, the magazine maintained Seacrest was campaigning for her to take the gig permanently, and the showâs bosses were intrigued. âKim could very well be the future of âLive.â Kelly just canât compete with her fan base,â a so-called âsourceâ was quoted as saying. It was further alleged Ripa was âsuspiciousâ there was a plot to oust her. It seemed apparent, though, that this narrative was only concocted to capitalize on Kardashianâs recent guest appearance and her known relationship with Seacrest, who produces âKeeping Up with the Kardashians.â Gossip Cop was assured there were no discussions whatsoever about replacing Ripa. It became clear our reporting was correct when Kardashian was welcomed back to âLive with Kelly and Ryanâ only weeks ago on May 11 as a plain, old guest with Ripa in her usual position.
The tabloid continued to show it was ill-informed in April when it abandoned the storyline about Seacrest replacing Ripa with Kardashian to contend Ripa wanted to replace Seacrest with Jerry OâConnell. Got that? In that piece, the outlet alleged Ripa was upset about the sexual misconduct allegation leveled against Seacrest and was regretting not picking OâConnell, a frequent fill-in in the past, to be her co-host. Significantly, nowhere was it mentioned that Ripa had already defended Seacrest on-air, touting how âluckyâ she was to work with him. The article also didnât acknowledge that Seacrest was an executive producer, just as Ripa is, making it practically impossible for her to make a unilateral decision about the showâs future without him. A spokesperson for Ripa further told Gossip Cop it was false she had any desire to replace Seacrest with anyone at all.
A few weeks later, everything came full circle when both Life & Style and HollywoodLife claimed Ripa was worried about having an âawkward run-inâ with Strahan at the Daytime Emmys. With âLiveâ and âGMAâ both nominated, it was alleged âall are expected to attend,â and that Ripa would at least have âsecret weaponsâ in the form of Seacrest and her husband, Mark Consuelos, by her side. But as Gossip Cop pointed out, Ripa hadnât been to the Daytime Emmys since 2003, regardless of any subsequent nominations. Whatâs more is her rep told us that she wouldnât be attending this time either, calling the tale âanother classic [B.S.] story.â Sure enough, she didnât go, and neither did Seacrest or Strahan, for that matter.
As evident here, Life & Style has been responsible for a lot of these bogus stories. But the tabloid isnât the only guilty party, and this is actually just a fraction of the wrong rumors Gossip Cop has corrected about Ripa and Seacrest in the past 12 months. Now as they head into their second year as the co-hosts of âLive,â we suspect the gossip media will continue to spread misinformation about nonexistent issues between them. Weâll continue transparently separating fact from fiction as necessary.