• Thu. Jun 17th, 2021



I want to work behind the camera

Kelly Ripa standing in front of a brick building

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Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa wants to quit presenting to move behind the camera.

The 50-year-old television host is best known for presenting ‘Live! with Kelly and Ryan’ alongside Ryan Seacrest, but has said she “eventually” wants to step back from hosting the daytime television programme to instead “work behind the camera” as a writer.

She said: “I’ve been writing a lot. So my goal ultimately would be to eventually get off camera and start working behind the camera more in that creative aspect because I really do enjoy the writing process so much.”

But Kelly has admitted she doesn’t want to walk away from her show just yet, as she’s having too much fun presenting alongside Ryan.

She added to Parade magazine: “I talk about this with Ryan all the time because I was really looking to retire like by now, but Ryan Seacrest is so fabulous to work with and he is such a good friend. We’ve been friends for two decades, and I’ve got to tell you he is really such a draw to me there.

“I just love working with him so much. He makes every day feel like I’m not working and that’s when you know you have a great working relationship.”

Kelly joined ‘Live!’ in 2001, when she replaced Kathie Lee Gifford and hosted alongside the late Regis Philbin, under the title ‘Live! with Regis and Kelly’.

After working together for a decade, Regis stepped back in 2011 and was replaced by Michael Strahan in 2012, before he departed the series in 2016, with Ryan eventually taking over in 2017.

Speaking about Ryan when he was selected as Kelly’s co-host, she said: “It had to be somebody we would all want to hang out with – and not just on camera. Because we all do hang out together when we’re not on-camera. That’s an important thing.”

“He is just so professional and kind to everyone – and it’s not just ‘on-camera kind’. He doesn’t turn it on and off. He’s kind backstage, and he’s kind first thing in the morning.”

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