Kelly Ripa had a Botox mishap, says she couldn’t smile for six months

Kelly Ripa honored at the Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Kelly Ripa is still looking for a cohost for Live following Michael Strahan’s exit in May, which seems like a very long, dragged out process. I know that they expect the new person to last a handful of years but they had strong candidates months ago and instead of picking one they’re going for ratings and headlines. This seems to be working somewhat, so I guess I can’t blame them.

Anyway the latest guy to do a good job is Richard Curtis, a 30 year-old high school teacher and father from Pennsylvania. Curtis won a social media contest to co-host and was asked back for the second time on Monday, before the country went to hell. He’s one of over 43 temporary cohosts so far according to Fox411, which quotes an expert who speculates that producers are prioritizing keeping Kelly happy after going behind her back to relocate Strahan to GMA. A rep for Live with Kelly says that the search is going well however.

Meanwhile Kelly told a story this week about the pitfalls of Botox. She used to rave about how much she loved Botox and claimed it makes makeup application fast and easy, but that was before a botched application. On Wednesday’s show she told that day’s co-host Megyn Kelly that she couldn’t smile for about six months last year due to Botox.

The topic came up during a discussion with guest co-host Megyn Kelly about having a “bad side.”

“I’m going to tell you a story I’ve never told anyone,” said Ripa, 46. “I got bad Botox about … what was it, a year ago? And it was bad. It did something to my good side, so then I had two bad sides. I’m not kidding!”

The mother of three insisted she wouldn’t “talk about it beyond that” but said the situation has improved somewhat.

“I’m starting to look myself again, but there was about a six-month period where people were like: ‘What’s wrong with Kelly? She doesn’t smile anymore,’ ” said Ripa. “And I was like: ‘I am smiling!’ ”

“Being in the public eye is so fun, isn’t it?” said her co-host Kelly, 45, with a laugh.

[From People]

See this is why I don’t want to get Botox yet, because you only notice the bad Botox. I’m not ruling it out, but I’m scared that something like this will happen to me and I’ll up with a wonky smile or a squinty eye. Plus it makes you less empathic because you can’t make a sympathetic face and I’m already a cold bitch. I didn’t notice anything off about Kelly but now that I’m looking at photos of her from last year I see it. Imagine if that was your own face in the mirror and all of a sudden you had to deal with that for months. It’s worse than a bad haircut.

This is Kelly in October and November of last year and I think I see what she was saying. She’s kind of grimacing and her smile isn’t the same on both sides.


Kelly Ripa Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony

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  1. Lucy says:

    I really appreciate that she has no problem admitting such a thing, and that she’s so laidback about it.

  2. Nancy says:

    It’s people like the president elect that discourage women from being themselves and aging gracefully. I feel bad she felt the need to look like she did ten years ago, but in our country, where Trump and other cronies actually base their opinion of a woman on her youth and appearance, those in front of the camera, if not strong willed and confidant begin to question themselves. Ivanka who some claim to be beautiful had work done probably to please her father. Our country is fixated on aesthetics. If only we were judged on what’s in our hearts and souls, as opposed to being what the tools call a ten. If only…….

  3. jerkface says:

    I too thought she was just not having a great time. I know I’d hate to wake up and be PERKY every morning on TV.

  4. Darlene says:

    My mom got botox about 10 years ago and for at least 6 months, she looked INSANE. Her brows were too high, her forehead weirdly smooth no matter what she was feeling, and her smile looked kind of “joker-like”. We have video of her at my kid’s bday party and I look back at it and swear I will never, ever do botox. Mom was so glad when it wore off.

    • Jennah says:

      my aunt too had bad Botox. she is a medical professional. I thought that would make her less likely to have it happen to her but no. It just seems like there isn’t good quality control on how much to use or where to do it.

      It’s like painkillers, I know most people don’t use the amount recommended on the bottle, but at least you know two to three aspirins is generally the right amount for your headache. but Botox? As many units as you would want.

      • Bread and Circuses says:

        I don’t think it’s the amount that is the problem but the placement of the injection. Botox paralyzes muscles and it’s very potent, so if the needle goes in a little wrong, you can make someone’s smile muscles not work anymore or give them a drooping eyelid.

        So the precision of the doctor is the issue, probably not the fact people get a dozen injections. Even one can cause problems if it’s done inaccurately.

  5. Halah says:

    I’m glad she is talking about this. I wish women could be as open about these sorts of cosmetic procedures as we are about makeup and coloring our hair. I know it’s not for everyone but we shouldn’t shame women for the choices they make.

    I hate when women are scared away from things like this based on anecdotal horror stories. You have probably seen a ton of GREAT botox but it’s so subtle you don’t even realize it.

  6. T. Fanty Fan says:

    I have only had because it is the only FDA approved treatment for migraines, and I hate every second of it. Who wants needles in their face?

    • Antonym says:

      This. I too get Botox for my migraines. Every three months I’m reminded that it hurts. My appearance wouldn’t be reason enough for me to choose that pain.

  7. ClaireB says:

    I want to try it in my 11s as a treatment for my depression, but now I’m concerned! Although I guess they wouldn’t put as much in me as they would in a Hollywood person. I hope.

  8. Teresa Lewis says:

    Was stupid to do in frist place
    She needs to get off her self. No one likes her that’s y she can’t find No one for job .she Is a joke.