Kelly Ripa spends her down time watching ‘Hoarders’ with her kids

The Cut has one of their “how I get it done” pieces with Kelly Ripa. Those are so interesting, I just bookmarked that section. Around the time Ryan Seacrest joined Kelly as co-host in early 2017, I stopped paying attention to her. That’s the highest level of being fed up with a celebrity, ignoring them. She had a long process of choosing a co-host, with so much drama. Then she ended up with a known abuser. Maybe this is a case of women being blamed for trash men. Those men are often the most superficially charming, especially when they want something from you. You don’t get to Ryan Seacrest’s level without kissing a lot of asses.

Kelly’s interview is interesting. I love hearing about people’s routines as I’m all about schedules and processes. I was surprised that she wakes up so “late,” around 5:30 to 6:00. I expected to hear 4:00 or 4:30 am. (My alarm is set to 5:00 but I usually wake up at 4:30.) She showers and does half her makeup before leaving the house. She works out in the afternoon, around 3 to 5, and I would assume she does one of those half-showers afterwards where she doesn’t wash her hair. The most interesting part, to me, was that she spends her down time watching Hoarders with her kids. She has three children with Mark Consuelos: Michael, 21, who is almost done with college, Lola, 17, and Joaquin, 15. Mark is away filming Riverdale so they Facetime a lot.

How she exercises
And I can be honest: My body looks like Peter Pan no matter what I do. I’ve never been a va-va-voom woman. I like to take AKT — which is cardio-based dance classes — about four to five days a week between 3 and 5 p.m. And I like to do SoulCycle on the weekends. In the summer, I like to run in Central Park because I think it’s so gorgeous.

She watches Hoarders with her kids
I stopped being able to help my kids with their homework at around fifth grade. I make dinner or we order in, depending on the night of the week. Joaquin is the last to eat so I’m reheating his dinner. Lately we’ve had this bizarre routine of watching Hoarders. It used to be on A&E but the kids found it on Netflix. They’ll climb into bed with me and we watch a couple episodes. Then I like to read interesting novels. Right now, I’m reading Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott. It’s about a bunch of doctors trying to get coveted assignments for their Ph.Ds.

She’s great at editing
I discovered four years ago that I’m really good at proofreading college essays. I think kids now are so used to texting and having autocorrect attached to their computers and phones that they don’t pay attention to the punctuation they missed or little tiny details that a good old-fashioned red pen and a mom brain can find for them.

[From The Cut]

I can definitely relate to not being able to help my kid with his homework, especially math, starting around fifth grade. Sometimes I can help by reading questions from the book, but I wouldn’t know the content unless I had the material in front of me. I don’t miss having to memorize and learn so much for school. Like Kelly I’m good at editing, though! That’s one thing I can definitely help with.

As for Kelly’s body, she’s so fit because of her routine and how much she loves to work out. She could be more voluptuous if she ate more and exercised less but that probably seems impossible as she enjoys it and it’s such a part of her day. Also I pegged her for a morning workout person. That must be why I expected her to wake up earlier.

Oh and I can’t watch Hoarders! I’ve tried and images of people living with layers of dog poop on the floor still haunt me.



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  1. Meowuirose says:

    Those are some beautiful children

  2. helonearth says:

    I only will watch the last 10 minutes of any hoarders or home improvement shows – its the kitchens and bathrooms that make me feel like I might vomit. I do like seeing the end result though.

    • Esmom says:

      I actually find the end sort of depressing, too, because my experience with my hoarder MIL has taught me that there’s a big chance that the changes won’t take hold. I can’t watch Hoarders at all, it’s just way too sad for me. Hopefully they’ll soon move on to more uplifting family viewing, lol.

      • BeanieBean says:

        My brother’s co-worker is a hoarder& was featured on that show. Within weeks after filming, he went back to his old ways. I think a lot more therapy is needed.

  3. kellybean says:

    Adorable family and she always seems very involved and devoted to her kids without having to be obnoxious about it. The celebrity parents that act like they are the only people to ever be hands on with their kids grate on my nerves. One a side note, I read the Meghan Abbott book a couple of months ago and could barely get through it. It was neither particular suspenseful nor were the characters intriguing.

  4. CharliePenn says:

    Hoarders is a truly disturbing show. It makes me nauseous and mildly upset for a while. I wouldn’t let my kids watch it. The people who are hoarding are often suffering pretty greatly… it’s just not appropriate content for kids. I don’t get it, watching that show with your kids.

    But hey, it’s not my life!

    • Bryn says:

      Her youngest is 15. What’s wrong with them watching hoarders? Hoarding is a terrible thing and a legitimate mental illness. I don’t see anything wrong with young adults watching it.

      • Esmom says:

        I think it’s fine for teens to be exposed to reality but there’s something particularly invasive about Hoarders. It disturbs me a ton, too. I’m with CharliePenn in thinking there are much better shows to watch with teens.

      • Agenbiter says:

        @Brn – How is the suffering of people with a ‘legitimate mental illness’ appropriate for a tv show at all, let alone a time for fun family bonding? It has the fascination of looking at an accident scene on a highway except the pain is seen more personally.

      • Bryn says:

        @agenbiter. I’m sure they aren’t laughing and making a joke about it. I started college at 17 and one of my roommates turned out to have a very bad hoarding problem. I had watched those shows and recognized pretty quickly what was going on. She needed help and we helped her to realize it. If I hadn’t seen those shows I probably would have been completely disgusted and definitely would have moved out and never looked back.

      • Veronica S. says:

        I think the dramatization aspect of it is what bothered me (i.e. the music, the special effects framing, etc.). Those people are very sick, and while the show at times acknowledges that, it never bothers to look at all of the class and economic factors that are tied into it, either. It’s designed to shock and disgust, which is inherently judgmental whether they intend it or not, even if they are more sympathetic than most. My friend’s husband has a mild hoarding problem from growing up with parents who were severe hoarders, and it’s taken years to undo a lot of his bad habits from growing up with poor hygiene and general lack of understanding of what acceptable living conditions are. Cleaning out the house is step one, but undoing the long term psychological damage is an entirely different issue.

    • YesImHere says:

      I agree with this 100%. It’s very disturbing content, and I’m (personally) a big believer that kids and young people should not be ingesting the world’s problems while they are young. Youth should be full of joy and fun and hope. They will encounter the real world soon enough — don’t rush them into it.

      • Bryn says:

        Yeah wait until they are 18 and throw them to the wolves. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with teenagers seeing something that happens in real life. These arent elementary school kids, they are nearly grown

  5. YesImHere says:

    I can’t watch those shows. I even tried watching Marie Kondo’s tidying show and I only lasted 3 episodes. These shows that are based around emotional or mental un-wellness are too hard for me to watch. I end up thinking, “This is not how I should be spending relaxation time, ingesting other people’s problems” and I end up turning it off. Right now I’m binge-watching The Office (USA version) and LOVING it.

    • lucy2 says:

      I’m binging the Office too, I’ve probably seen it 15 times by now, but it’s one of my “comfort shows”. I highly recommend Parks & Rec, Brooklyn 99, and the Good Place too, if you haven’t seen those.

      I saw the first few Marie Kondo shows, and I didn’t feel that any of the people were emotionally unwell, like on Hoarders, it’s just a lot of clutter, and they all seemed to respond well to her methods.
      Hoarders, while super gross at times, was fascinating in a psychological way, to try to understand what causes someone to do that, but it did feel exploitative when it was clear the person didn’t full understand what was going on. The ones who got it and changed (there were a few) were uplifting though.

      • YesImHere says:

        @lucy2 I love The Good Place and Parks & Rec. Have binged both (still working on Parks & Recs on and off). Great recommendations!

    • Celebitchy says:

      The Office is awesome. Lucy love all your recommendations! I have been watching Brooklyn 99 a lot too and also Parks and Rec. I have to remember about The Good Place, I’ve only seen the first season. I saw the first episode of the Tidying Up show last night and I really liked how the people were only sort-of disorganized and sort-of grumpy with each other. They did make change and Kondo is really fun to watch. Hoarders is just so dark and sad.

      • lucy2 says:

        Pretty much any show that Mike Schur has a hand in is sure to be excellent. Those shows, along with a few others, are in my “everything is terrible, I’m just going to keep re-watching my favorite shows” rotation.

        I also enjoy Superstore a lot more than I thought I would, and it’s created by one of the writers of the Office.

      • YesImHere says:

        @celebitchy The Good Place is so good! I am very happy with that show, and it gets better and better. I don’t think you’ll be let down in season 2. I’ve never heard of Brooklyn 99; I’ll check it out.

    • Veronica S. says:

      Marie Kondo doesn’t bother me quite as much, maybe because a lot of the people she works with aren’t necessarily sick the way hoarders are. What I do like about the show is that she has limited fluency in English and uses an interpreter, and this is never treated as a big deal by ANYBODY, whether it’s the people she’s helping or the narration. It’s a nice way of introducing diversity into a show environment and not making the key aspect of the interaction. I wish we saw more of that in American television because it really peels back the conceit that we have to behave homogeneously to get along.

      • Celebitchy says:

        I like this too Veronica! I’ve lived in another country and struggled with a different language and know what it’s like. Plus Kondo is a little wacky with her praying to the house and talking to your stuff, but everyone is nice and cool with it.

  6. Esmom says:

    Helping with homework for one of my sons was so incredibly stressful for both of us. Thankfully by the end of middle school he stopped wanting my help. I feel like learning to ask teachers for help is a good life skill and he put it to good use in high school and now college.

    As an AMC fan back in the day I’ve always had a soft spot for Kelly.

  7. Lizzie says:

    i love riverdale. it is off the rails bananas but i will watch until the bitter end. the casting is the best part b/c the kids genuinely look like the parents when they were younger and i love all the nods to the 90’s stuff the parents were in. kelly is guesting in the 2nd half of the season as mark’s mistress and i can’t wait! their son already played the “young” version of his character.

  8. Hecate says:

    I can confirm that you are great at editing!

  9. Veronica S. says:

    I managed to sit through two episodes of Hoarders before signing off. There’s just something ridiculously uncomfortable about watching the mentally ill be turned into demeaning entertainment. It’s worse when kids are involved.

  10. Liz version 700 says:

    The thing about Hoarders and shows like intervention is that I am torn about the ethics of it. I see the utility about educating people about mental illness and drug abuse etc.. but I often wonder if the people in these shows are ethically and legally capable of valid consent. I imagine they are making sure to cover the legal basic to be sure. But, it seems so creepy to be making money off of people so obviously in crisis

    • lucy2 says:

      I feel like it was probably educational for the audience, but rarely for the people on the show, and I agree, some of them did not seem capable of understanding the whole thing.

  11. Jess says:

    Can I say that I’m built like Kelly and I’m guessing that she gains weight like me: all over. Like we’re either petite and muscular or kinda just like get boxy and wider? I literally gain weight in my fingers and my ankles! Va va voom curves aren’t in the cards for all of us and that’s ok! 🙂