Kelly Ripa feels “exasperated” by “The Bachelor” “morons” following their Twitter tirade at her.
Ripa — who has never made it any secret she hates “The Bachelor” series — was stunned when both host Chris Harrison and show creator Mike Fleiss launched an attack at her online.
She shared her thoughts about the ABC reality franchise on her daytime talk show, “Live With Kelly and Ryan,” telling the audience Tuesday: “You guys, you know how I feel about the show — it disgusts me.
“I can’t stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one ordinary fella, in my opinion. You know how I feel, ladies; we are too special to be arguing over a guy.”
It wasn’t long before Harrison and Fleiss took to social media to gripe.
“Look out #BachelorNation @KellyRipa is coming after you and your ‘disgusting’ Monday night habit,” Harrison tweeted, while Fleiss wrote: “Easy, @KellyRipa … #TheBachelor franchise pays your salary!”
However, a source close to the star told Page Six: “How dumb can you get? Kelly’s salary is paid by ABC Syndication and ‘The Bachelor’ brand is produced by ABC Entertainment, they’re two separate entities, they have nothing to do with each other.
“And why make this so personal — Kelly’s said way worse about ‘The Bachelor’ in the past — the joke is that this is the least offensive thing she’s ever done. This just seems desperate.”
The pal — who said Ripa has yet to hear from Harrison or Fleiss in private — added: “She’s exasperated, she’s like, ‘Are you kidding me?!’”
Another source on the show told us: “Who are these morons? Why are they attacking Kelly when they’re the ones serving wine on the show that is older than their contestants!”
A source also said, “It’s ironic. Chris [Harrison] co-hosted the show, so ‘Live’ actually did pay his salary.”
“Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo — TV’s highest-paid actress with a $20 million-a-year salary — was quick to jump to Ripa’s defense on Thursday, tweeting: “Okay @fleissmeister… that’s some handle bro!
“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.”
The popular actress then called out what she sees as a lack of diversity among the contestants featured on “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” ending her message with the hashtag #bachelorsoooowhite.
Pompeo said she returned from a social media hiatus, adding: “Took a break but had to jump back in the ring for my girl.”
Meanwhile, Hannah Brown — the lead of “The Bachelorette” Season 15, which premiered on ABC Monday night — made an appearance on “Live With Kelly and Ryan” Thursday.
Ripa, who has yet to comment publicly on the row, poked fun at the situation when Brown went on air. “Hannah, I’m not sure what they told you backstage … if you blink twice, I will get you out of here,” the host joked before Brown laughed and said she was happy to be there.
Ripa told her: “I am very against women fighting over a guy. I don’t believe in it. I think it’s — you know, weird, and sets us back.
“But now, you are in the power position. So take me through that. How does that work?”
Brown replied: “Like you, I didn’t really follow the show. I wasn’t a big fan. Being a part of the show, it’s not women fighting against each other. Really, some of my best friends came from the show and were really supportive. When you have a group of 30 people together, there’s going to be people who don’t like each other. That’s just simple facts … It was one of the most empowering things that I ever did because I had to grow as an individual. That is why I decided that I wanted to be ‘The Bachelorette.’ That’s why I wanted that so bad.”
Meanwhile, the Season 15 premiere of “The Bachelorette” hit a record low for the “Bachelor” franchise’s season when it debuted Monday night.
The episode was down 7% in the key adults 18-49 demo from its previous premiere last summer and down 15% in total viewers.
But those lower-than-usual numbers still landed the reality dating staple the title of highest-rated show for the evening, tied with Fox’s “9-1-1” Season 2 finale, with both topping NBC’s “The Voice.”
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