KELLY Ripa, a co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan, revealed she quit drinking in 2017.
The internet is speculating what led to Kelly’s decision and how much effort it took to remain sober.
Why did Kelly Ripa quit drinking?
Kelly Ripa’s decision to stop drinking came after she went a month without alcohol with her friends.
Kelly told People that it happened to be at the same time she started filming Live with Kelly and Ryan.
In January 2020, Kelly revealed she quit drinking while discussing 2019 wine sales with Ryan during an episode.
She said: “Ryan likes to blame himself for me stopping drinking, he’s like, ‘I got here and you stopped drinking.’ It really was not that. I did a sober month—all my girlfriends did it, we all did it together—and I just never went back to it,” she said. “It wasn’t even really a thought process.”
“I didn’t feel hungover. Not that I was a heavy drinker—I wasn’t someone who got drunk—but even like two glasses of wine at a girl’s night out dinner; I would feel it the next morning,” she added.
“I just didn’t really feel the need or desire to go back to it,” she said. “It wasn’t really a choice or a thought, it was just, ‘Yeah, I guess I don’t drink anymore.’”
Why did Kelly Ripa quit smoking?
Kelly Ripa revealed to People that quitting smoking about 25 years ago was harder than becoming sober. She was afraid smoking would make her “die early.”
Kelly said: “Quitting smoking I really had to think about.”
“I was like: ‘Smoking leads to cancer and it will kill you.’ It was a thing I had to tell myself. And I was like, ‘It gives you wrinkles.’ And that was the thing that was really terrifying [laughs]. But you don’t want to die early, needlessly, over cigarettes.
“Over something you don’t even like that much anyway. But drinking was very easy I didn’t really think about it at all.”
“Nobody ever asked me why [I stopped smoking],” she said. “But I quit drinking and everyone’s like, ‘Why did you quit drinking?’ I’m not comparing cigarettes to alcohol, but for me it was just like, I don’t do that anymore.”
Is Live with Kelly and Ryan still on air?
The popular American morning talk show, Live with Kelly and Ryan, hosted by Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest airs on ABC on weekdays at 9am ET.
The show, which is in its 34th season, returned after a break on Tuesday, September 7.
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