Ellen Pompeo Defends Kelly Ripa, SLAMS Bachelorette Creator!

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Sometimes, the feuds you never see coming turn out to be the most amusing ones.

That's certainly proving to be the case with the all-out war between Team Bachelorette and Team Kelly Ripa.

Kelly Ripa in Red

Here's a brief rundown, in case you're not caught up on this escalating spat:

Earlier this week, Ripa's co-host, Ryan Seacrest, informed her that current Bachelorette star Hannah Brown would be appearing on their daytime talk show.

This shouldn't have come as a surprise, as Live! and The Bachelorette are both ABC properties, and it's not uncommon for networks to fill airtime with this sort of synergistic cross-promotion.

But Ripa was apparently caught off-guard, as she admitted she has no idea who Hannah is, and she is very much not a fan of The Bachelorette.

Kelly Ripa Red Carpet Pic

“You guys, you know how I feel about the show, it disgusts me," Ripa told her audience.

“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.”

From there, Ripa wagged a finger at her own audience, saying, “All of you women watch that gross, gross show.”

Kelly Ripa with the Tease

Not surprisingly, the show's creator, Mike Fleiss, was quick to clap back at Ripa with a tweet that many thought crossed the line into impropriety:

“Easy, Kelly Ripa,” he wrote. “The Bachelor franchise pays your salary.”

Ripa never responded to Fleiss' provocation but her good friend Ellen Pompeo of Grey's Anatomy fame entered the fray on her behalf:

“Okay @fleissmeister… that’s some handle bro!” she tweeted.

Ellen Pompeo Close-Up

“Your show does NOT pay @KellyRipa salary. Also we don’t attack successful women on our network and men certainly cannot take credit for their success. Don’t get me started on your show cuz I’m a savage…. #bachelorsoooowhite.”

“Took a break [from Twitter] but had to jump back in the ring for my girl @KellyRipa,” Pompeo later added.

Pretty intense stuff.

Surely, the woman at the center of all of this, Hannah Brown, must also have some harsh words for Ripa, right? Well ... not so much.

Beautiful Hannah Brown

Brown appeared on Kelly and Ryan this morning, and while she may have sounded as though she were reading from a script prepared by some network PR goon, she maintained an amicable tone throughout.

"Ultimately, it was one of the most empowering things that I ever have done because I had to push myself and grow as an individual," Hannah said.

"And I did. And I think that's why I decided that I wanted to be the Bachelorette and wanted that so bad."

We suppose at the end of the day, shows like The Bachelorette are like beauty pageants -- they may seem outdated and sexist to some, but isn't it also sexist to tell the women who find fulfillment in them that they're not allowed to participate?

Anyway, the important thing is that there's no beef between Kelly and Hannah -- but this Ellen Pompeo vs. Mike Fleiss thing? That has potential! 

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