Earlier this week, Kelly Ripa offered her opinion on The Bachelorette — and the usually-bubbly morning show host did not hold back in her harsh assessment of ABC’s lucrative reality franchise.
“You guys, you know how I feel about the show, it disgusts me," Ripa said during Tuesday’s Live With Kelly and Ryan.
“I can’t stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one ordinary fella, in my opinion," she added.
"You know how I feel, ladies, we are too special to be arguing over a guy.”
Ripa then pointed the finger at her studio audience, blaming them for the show’s popularity.
“All of you women watch that gross, gross show," she said.
It was The Bachelorette that prompted Ripa’s rant, but asked about The Bachelor, she stated her belief that the OG dating competition is “just as creepy."
"It’s all creepy," Ripa concluded, summing up her thoughts on the long-running franchise.
For obvious reasons, the show’s host, Chris Harrison, and creator, Mike Fleiss, were none too thrilled with Ripa’s remarks.
And both took to Twitter to share their thoughts about their fellow ABC employee.
Harrison was up first, and he went full scorched-earth by siccing his followers on Ripa:
“Look out #BachelorNation Kelly Ripa is coming after you and your ‘disgusting’ Monday night habit,” he tweeted.
Ripa never responded, but you can bet her mentions lit up like a Christmas tree after that one.
Anyone who remembers Mike Fleiss’ feud with Khloe Kardashian knows that he’s not your typical showrunner.
Fleiss once again cemented his place as one of the most outspoken figures in modern media when he suggested that Ripa wouldn’t have a job if it weren’t for him.
“Easy, Kelly Ripa,” he wrote. “The Bachelor franchise pays your salary.”
Harsh, but not without some basis in fact.
After all, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette both draw audiences that are several larger than Ripa’s, and without such primetime juggernauts, the network would likely be forced to make some cuts.
Sadly, current series star Hannah Brown has yet to speak out on Ripa’s commentary.
Of course, with all the Bachelorette hot takes flying around this week, she certainly wouldn’t be able to respond to everything.
No one can remain in Beast Mode at all times.
This is a thorny debate, and if you find yourself wanting to know what happens on the show without actually tuning in, you can always check out our Bachelorette spoilers!