Kelly Ripa serves Mark Consuelos breakfast in bed, “that’s what he wants”

I’ve sort of been indifferent to Kelly Ripa over the past handful of years, although I do remember the abrupt change in mood (from heavy sarcasm to infinite bubbliness) when Kelly took over “Live!” hosting duties from Kathie Lee Gifford eleven years ago. Ugh, that makes me feel rather old. Anyway, Kelly is now the sole permanent host of “Live!” since Regis Philbin blindsided her with a retirement announcement, which may or not have been motivated by money and respect. Interestingly enough, Howie Mandel (after co-hosting last week) is being floated as a possible replacement for Regis, but Howie himself insists that[I]t’s [only] a rumor” and that Regis is “irreplaceable.” God, I love Howie. While I didn’t see him co-host last week, I recall him being quite endearing when he co-hosted with Kathie Lee. Again, I’m aging myself here.

Anyway, Kelly covers the March issue of Good Housekeeping to talk about balancing “Live!” with family life, which includes raising three children (aged 9-14) and maintaining her marriage to former soap (co-)star and current reality show host Mark Consuelos. Basically, Kelly gushes all about Mark and seems a little bit smug about her marriage, which always throws up roadblocks from a believablity perspective. Back in 2007, there was talk of trouble in the marriage, but Kelly and Mark seem to have weathered the storm. Maybe this one’s for real?

On Mark Consuelos: “He’s kind of awesome. I think he makes me better. He makes everything in our lives better.”

Her Marriage Isn’t Perfect: “We argue about children, discipline, homework, good-cop/bad-cop. He says he’s the bad cop and I’m the good cop, but really they associate him with fun and after-school activities. They associate me with inoculations, X-rays, and stitches. He’s more apt to dole out discipline, but my punishments are real. I’ll take away my son’s iPod if he’s fresh. When we’re traveling, Mark will say, ‘If you don’t stop, I’m going to have the pilot turn this plane around.’ I’ll whisper to him, ‘They know you can’t do that. The airline isn’t going to turn this plane around because you’re punishing the kids. You need to come up with something real.’”

On Being A Wife: “I make his coffee every day. I cook him breakfast in bed every weekend: scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, wheat toast, and coffee with cream. That’s what he wants. And I serve it to him on a tray. I don’t give him a hard time about seeing his friends. Or for doing things independently, like taking a weekend biking trip with his racing friends. He doesn’t need to take me everywhere or do everything with me. I’m very much about us having our own separate time. And I don’t give him a hard time about not doing things around the house, like taking out the trash.”

On Exercise: “I work out every day. It’s part of my life. That’s one of the benefits of having kids in school full-time. I’m usually done with work around 11 A.M., so I have time before I pick the kids up from school. I do it more for my insides than my outside, but the outside gets a nice benefit, too. I feel like my mind is a little quieter when I exercise. And I don’t have the best family history heart-wise, so I really try to keep my heart strong. I work out with a trainer three days a week. We do what I would call cardio ballet and power yoga. I take spinning classes, which I love, and I run.”

On Couple Time “After the kids go to bed, we have a couple of hours when it’s just us. We either talk about the day or watch one of our favorite TV shows. Otherwise, there’d be no time. We used to go away, just the two of us, for three days to celebrate our anniversary every year. I can’t remember the last time we did that. It just became too much to climb out from under the amount of homework that would pile up! Maybe when the kids are a little bit older, we’ll start again. We started having kids young, so when they leave the house, we’ll still be young enough to enjoy it. Of course, thinking about that makes me panic. I can’t even let myself go there.”

On Having It All: “I’m like a regular full-time mom; I just happen to work for a couple of hours while the kids are at school. I take them to all their activities. Mark is usually the later one home from work, around 6:00 P.M. We definitely share in the household chores. I do have a cleaning lady who comes and helps me, because I can’t be married to somebody who’s as OCD-neat-freakish and germaphobic as Mark Conseulos and do it myself. I need a person in there with a hazmat suit to spray bleach all over the place.”

[From Good Housekeeping]

Okay, so Kelly is slightly out of touch with reality because I think most of us would love the chance to make millions of dollars for a few hours of morning work on weekdays. She also has a cleaning lady, which frees her up quite a bit from the domestic drudgery that most “regular full-time mom” types have no choice but with to deal. Then again, most celebrities don’t clean their own toilets, so I can’t rip on Kelly for that. It’s nice that she enjoys serving Mark breakfast in bed, but if I were her, I’d totally make Mark take the trash out to the curb. It’s the least a guy can do.

Photos courtesy of WENN and Good Housekeeping

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  1. Astrid says:

    Her comments feel a bit forced. Or maybe I’m feeling cynical.

    • Umlaut says:

      It sounds to me like she’s speaking with conviction — they’ve found what works for them as a couple (time together at night, taking care of herself, not nagging, doing little sweet things) and she’s pretty sure it would work for anyone else.

      I don’t find her comments unusual; her description sounds a lot like my own marriage (except my husband brings me coffee in bed :-) ). We have plenty of flaws and have been through all sorts of rough times, but I think we’ve got a solid thing going.

  2. Granger says:

    Wow. I’ve never heard anyone try so hard to convince the world of her perfection. She makes her husband breakfast in bed, she doesn’t mind when he goes away for a weekend with the boys, she doesn’t get angry when he doesn’t take out the trash, she “helps” the cleaning lady clean the house to satisfy his pickiness, AND she’s in perfect shape. Yikes.

    • Blue says:

      Ya, that whole things seems forced. I don’t buy most of it.

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      Exactly. Trying to keep up with the image she has in whatever lame commercial(bagel bites?). Women in the public eye need to be a little more aware of how they come off – this is so unrealistic. And then to go and be all pretentious about it. Ugh..ease up on the Botox.

    • NinaG says:

      I think she meant well but like the first comment, I may be just cynical, I feel like as soon as you see an article about how wonderful “my marriage is” it usual smells divorce later…but I like Kelly I think she is adorable and I like her spunk so I guess I will give her the benefit of the doubt

    • Ange says:

      Oh god that all just sounds sooooo wrong under the surface, like he does what he wants and she races around like a blue arsed fly trying to make him happy and their home perfect. Seems like a really quick and easy way to lose any sense of your own identity and self worth.

      If this is what the modern media wants to promote as the idea of modern womanhood then I say no thanks.

  3. lucy2 says:

    That’s all very nice if they’re so happy, but no need to share all that with a magazine.
    An OCD neat freak who doesn’t take out the trash?

    • Kimbob says:

      Yeah…right?!! I’m not buying that! I agree w/Bedhead. The very least he could do is take out the trash.

      After reading all this it sounds to me like Kelly is a “try-hard.” Almost like she’d fall to pieces if he left her. Sounds like too much ass-kissing.

      Oh…BTW…whatever happened to Jessica Seinfeld???!!! Kinda swept that crap under the carpet, by the maid, of course.

    • Chrissy says:

      I can totally relate to that comment! My hubby wants the house to be immaculate but literally will not do anything -including taking the garbage to outside cans – to make it that way. I wish she had spoken about the nice things Mark is hopefully doing for her. It would have made the article seem a bit more realistic.

  4. Len says:

    People who love exercising always scare me a little.

  5. Jackie says:

    she looks like she has an eating disorder, especially when shots are taken of her in a bathing suit.

  6. Peg says:

    Love Kelly! I really admire and enjoy her. I just really hope they get the exact, right co-host for her.

    Please don’t rush this decision!

    She played so beautifully off of Regis, I think they should try for someone with his genuine sense of naivete. (This is what, I think, also makes Hoda and Kathy Lee work.)

  7. Adele says:

    He’s such a hunk!!! I want a Latin lover!

  8. francesca says:

    He is a beautiful man. I would totally make him breakfast in bed.

  9. says:

    She’s trying really too hard to convince us that she is a dream wife.

  10. Bite me says:

    I have loved them since All My Children :)

  11. Lola6 says:

    God, he is stunning. I want one.

  12. mel says:

    OH MY GOD! Are we stupid…because clearly thats what she thinks…really – he takes out the trash – she cooks breakfast? – Seriously…they have NO live in help? This is the biggest ball of bullshit I have read in a while. I think they are happy I just don’t think she is the SUPER MOM she makes herself out to be all the while wearing a size 2. I think I now really dislike her.

  13. Girl says:

    Meh. Sounds ok to me. She admits they argue. Who knows? They’ve been married for quite a long time. Maybe this is what works for them. She didn’t mention a lot about her own social life but maybe that’s because she is more in the public eye than her husband is. I don’t know. Maybe there is a bit more there but it isn’t necessarily bad.

  14. Lucy says:

    He sounds a little “high maintenance”…does she wipe his ass too!

    • Asli says:

      I was thinkig that too! Would never want to be married to someone like that. He could at least want to help! And a OCD neat-freak who doesn’t clean? Neat-freaks will never believe it’s clean if they didn’t do it themselves. And the whole ”let him do what he wants”- comment? She’s trying to play into the ‘perfect, dream wife’ illusion. She thinks woman will love her because she’s just a ‘regular working mom’ and she thinks guys will love her because she doesn’t ”nag”. She’s trying to hard. I call bullsh*t.

      • Lissa says:

        I disagree, my hubby is a neat freak and has OCD, he washes every part of his body three times…yes, I know it’s weird but I don’t make fun of him because he gets embarrassed, but he doesn’t necessarily want to clean anything himself, he just wants it all clean or he gets grossed out. I don’t mind, I have my quirks too that he concedes to so I don’t mind keeping the house super clean. If it weren’t for him, I’d probably be more lax, but he works really hard all day and doesn’t really fuss about food or about buying me an expensive pair of shoes or getting me a bowl of cereal at midnight. Sure, he’s spoiled but so am I.

        Also, I believe her when she says it works for them for him to go hang with his buddies & her not nag him for it, why is that BS? Sometimes I want to hang with my family/sister/girlfriends too and I wouldn’t want him nagging me either. We don’t nag at each other, it’s call communication. I know a lot of my GFs who do nag at their hubbies and it makes me feel sorry for the guy. When I don’t like something, it just let it be known to my husband that I want it fixed ASAP and leave him be, this always works (on him anyway) and so there’s no need to nag anymore. It took me a few years to learn that tho…

  15. Sue says:

    Thinking she doesn’t take out the trash either, hint cleaning lady. I do believe she cooks him breakfast, and the cleaning lady cleans up the dishes. :)

  16. Kerfuffles says:

    There have been blind items in the past that some thought applied to them–basically that the husband was hyper-critical jerk to the wife, particularly about her appearance, and the wife as a result had major body image issues & basically starved herself and exercised all the time as a result.

    One if the blinds was specifically about the husband telling the wife she was fat right after she’d given birth.

    Her “I let him do his own thing” comments seemed a little weird. “I let him do whatever he wants and I do whatever he wants” but nothing about what SHE wants just strike me as a little odd, like she’s making all the effort and too much of it.

    Of course, I’m totally speculating. But “totally speculate about a celebrity marriage based on interviews with the wife and/or husband” is one of my favorite games :-)

  17. JudyK says:

    Does Mark have a real job? He doesn’t even take out the trash? What an entitled wimp.

    Still, I think they are both good parents, both gorgeous, and I love the way Kelly dresses.

  18. CJ says:

    BS. If anyone is the OCD one it is Kelly. She does not workout for what it does to “her insides more than her outside” like she claims. I will never believe she gets that close to food to cook it for her husband. There have been some blinds about her being extremely rude, and one that included her calling Nigella Lawson fat.

  19. Julie says:

    I really don’t care for her at all. I’ve watched or I should say TRIED to watch the show a few times and have had to change the channel because I find her fake and a try hard. Try to be funny, try to be bubbly, try to look perfect, etc. etc. Personally she has often looked like someone with an eating disorder that is similar to anorexia but instead of withholding food they exercise too much. She even had a stress fracture a year or so ago from over exercise. She might be a neat person, if she would just relax and be herself.

  20. Embee says:

    She works really hard not to emasculate him, notwithstanding that she is the primary breadwinner and better-known spouse. She must be exhausted.

    I want to know what he does for her.

  21. Kate says:

    Absolutely cannot stand her or her husband – she tries WAY TOO HARD to let us know how fit she is & how good a life she has – give it a rest.

  22. kristipistol says:

    Wow, I always pictured him as a big guy, but he’s obviously not.

  23. Christine says:

    The show sucks without Regis. I predict it’ll be gone inside of a year.

  24. midnightmoon says:

    Two words: Stepford Wife. Gag me with a spoon!

  25. Ari says:

    wow he is SHORRRRRRRRRT lordy – she is almost towering over him in that last pic…she can keep him and his machismo :)

  26. Laura says:

    He is very good looking but the problem is that he knows it. I have always heard that he is a major ass hat and that he is constantly cheating. Frankly, that takes away all his attractiveness for me….good looking or not!

  27. original kate says:

    she isn’t nearly as cute as she thinks she is.

  28. Guesty says:

    I really like Kelly — she has some snark to her (she’s a big Real Housewives fan and is a firecracker on Andy Cohen’s show), and I admire that she works her little ass off at home, in the gym, and in her career. I have a pal who has met her socially and she says Kelly’s the coolest and nicest of the celebrities that are or were in that circle (Seinfelds, Gwyneth, etc.)

    BUT. I worry for her in a weird way (…since she’s a multi-millionaire with a great fucking life). There’s a BI that I can’t put my hands on now from CDAN that was plainly Kelly/Mark/the Seinfelds, where the item was that Jessica Seinfeld (if it’s her….which, as written, could *only* have been her) was betraying her husband and long-time best girlfriend by banging her husband (Consuelos). If there’s a bit of truth to that Kelly’s mania to show love and even a little deference – yuck – to her less-famous, less-successful spouse is awful.

    Ah – here it is:

  29. gab says:

    Her life sounds as perfect as Jada Smith’s ….. Oh wait ….

  30. kelly says:

    I think they’re wonderful together…since they co-starred when they were really young in All My Children, fell in love in real life and had a family.

  31. Lisa says:

    I feel like that workout breakdown is representative of an hour in her day, not the whole day.

  32. corny says:

    seems strained, like her kelly show, she just tries too hard and ends up sounding overbearing, who would ever think I’d miss Mr Philbin! reminds me of sally field’s you like me, you really like me bit.

  33. sandra says:

    I can’t stand the show, but I have a new liking for her from this article. My husband and I have the same attitude – he gets lots of buddy time and i get all the girlfriend time i want. It works for us – I’d be pretty unhappy if I was chained to him 24/7. And yeah, of course she has a cleaning lady – so do I, only mine comes in once every two weeks. Daily – I wish!! My BS detector didn’t go off. I do think she’s too thin and “roidy” looking but other than that, I liked this interview.

  34. Sara says:

    Ugh. This is so off putting. Am I supposed to think she’s a good wife because she makes her husband breakfast every day and lets him go out with his friends?

    For the record just because you marry a guy doesn’t make you his cook. Also, why isn’t her husband ever making her breakfast in bed? And why would a guy prefer to spend the weekend with his friends? I couldn’t get my husband to do that if I tried!