Kelly Ripa and Mark Conseulos predictably aren’t doing well hosting Live

Monday marked the debut of Live with Kelly and Mark, the newly minted married co-hosts of the long-running morning talk show. Mark Conseulos officially took over for Ryan Seacrest to sit next to his wife of 26-years, Kelly Ripa, on the show she’s hosted since 2001. Mark’s frequently filled in as a guest host with Kelly so this transition was seamless and effortless. Or was it? Two days into the all KellyandMark, all the time experiment and things are not going well. They are getting what conservatively is being called mixed reviews and what most are calling “backlash” or “brutal” critique. Viewers feel the couple overshare about their bedroom activity, that their newlywed schtick is silly, and their PDA is cloying. Plus, they really wish Kelly would let Mark finish one of his sentences. All of this makes me wonder, have these people never watched Kelly or Mark before?!

Married couple Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos faced more social media criticism during their second day hosting “Live” together.

“Gosh I don’t know with them together,” tweeted one viewer. “I am not a fan. Loved Ryan and all his stories, he brought another layer to the show.

“Kelly and Mark look uncomfortable together, it’s hard to watch. Mark as a fill in cohost was fun to watch. This isn’t fun to watch anymore. Need Ryan back.”

“Painful! When does Mark get to finish his own sentences??” noted one less-than-impressed fan. “Annoying, changed the channel. Bye-bye Live!

The “Riverdale” alum defended the first episode.

“This show today truly felt like home,” the actor told Us Weekly Monday. “I always feel at home with Kelly, but [working] together this morning just felt so right.”

He added that the couple has “always” felt at “ease” when they are together, and he feels “lucky we get to do that daily” as co-hosts.

“I can’t wait to see where we can go from here,” he added.
Ripa, also heaped praise on her husband’s debut, telling the magazine that she thought he did an “amazing” job and “better than (she) ever thought possible. “He’s a natural, and I have a good feeling this is going to be great for a while.”

[From Page Six]

I’ve only seen clips of Kelly and Mark on the show. They seemed like all their other clips, which I don’t love but I don’t know why everyone hates them now. I do think Mark seems a little more nervous, but that’s to be expected. And even though everything I thought would happen is happening, I still think they should be given longer than two days to prove themselves. Everyone needs to find their groove, even marrieds. Hopefully they will take the feedback and tweak their onscreen dynamic because seriously, right now it does feel like we’re at dinner with the annoying neighbors who only talk to each other.

The part I want to focus on is Kelly not letting Mark finish his sentences. I’ve been curious ever since they announced his hire about what their work dynamic would be. She’s been there 22 years, is she his boss? She definitely has seniority; does she get to make calls that he doesn’t? If the audience ultimately responds better to Mark, will Kelly can get ousted? That would be a hard hurdle to get over at home. Even if Mark gets fired, that’ll make for uncomfortable pillow-talk. I hope they thought this through because ABC is loyal only to their numbers. They don’t care about how blowing up an online partnership affects the relationship offline, they’ve proven that time and again. So Kelly running roughshod over Mark isn’t great. Not only does it establish her seniority, it kind of looks like she doesn’t trust him, despite her glowing review above. Plus, it’s annoying to watch. Again, I’ll wait out the first week because they’re probably both anxious. But I’d expect those kinds of nerves from two people just coming together. These are two people who have been together for 26 years and have worked together for many of those.

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  1. K says:

    She was born annoying.

  2. shanaynay says:

    She is so annoying. I don’t see this working out very well.

  3. mellie says:

    I don’t watch that show, I watch Hoda & Jenna, I just love Hoda Kotb. But I do like the pillows at the end of their bed…I need one of those.

  4. Amy Bee says:

    I’m wondering if this move was made to save their marriage.

  5. Christine says:

    She is beyond obnoxious and using her husband as a punch line his first week on the new job is just demeaning and not funny. You can tell she thinks she is hilarious but it just isnt. He seems like a good sport. Didnt the network do trial runs with test audiences? Isnt there a likeability score? ORRRRRR is this the network’s way of letting her crash and burn and that is how they get rid of her?

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I agree with your statement regarding using him as a punch line wasn’t funny. MC looks extremely uncomfortable and quite embarrassed with her antics sharing his snoring issues as it’s underhanded and cruel, to me. IF KR wants to remain married to this gorgeous, and kind man, she should refrain from using him to fulfill her antics. I don’t understand how she thought that her recording of his snoring was that critical to share the article.

      Why am I not surprised by her treatment of him or that they are not well received?? (I think that deep down that she may be an unkind person whose fame has influenced her persona, at home and it the public.)

  6. H says:

    Many years ago, I drove to New York to a soap opera event and got to meet Mark. I loved him on All My Children and I so wanted him to get with Kelly’s character on that show. He was absolutely lovely. Very engaged with fans and grateful that soap opera fans were welcoming to his character.

    I want to say it was a month or two later, that Kelly and Mark ran off and got married in Vegas. I don’t watch Live but from the clips, this looks painful.

    • laurie says:

      Yeah I met him many years ago. I was the engineer for their residence on Spring Street and we had a meeting in the architect’s office. He was so nice and engaging. Very little boyish. Very into gadgets and talked a lot about skipping rope and working out. So good looking. I was quite taken 😉

  7. aimee says:

    do people still watch this show? it’s gone through so many hosts and feels so stale now.

    • Seraphina says:

      Stale and antiquated.

    • lucy2 says:

      I wondered that too. I don’t know anyone who watches regularly. I’ve only ever watched a clip here or there if it’s a guest I like. Neither Kelly or Ryan were ever appealing to me, and this doesn’t sound much better.

  8. Lauren42 says:

    I can be annoyed by couples right here in my own social circle without turning on the TV, thankyouverymuch. I’m just not interested in this dynamic… I’d rather see two women of differing backgrounds.

  9. Seraphina says:

    It’s one thing to have a couple on where the other SO is a guest but it’s totally different dynamic having to make it work every day – 5 days a week.

  10. Ang says:

    This man’s teeth are very very white.

  11. Mimi says:

    They will always be Hayley and Mateo to me.

    She had a lot of personality when she was a soap star and fans loved her so it wasn’t surprising that she would go on to have mainstream success but it seems that the fame and money have not worn as well on her as one would’ve hoped. I have such fond memories of her from watching All My Children so it’s disappointing to read negative stories about her.

  12. Carol Mengel says:

    I haven’t looked at her closely in awhile. She has been getting some work done to her face hasn’t she?

    • Debbie says:

      Well, their faces do look at least 20 years younger than their hands. So, you’re not wrong.

  13. MaryContrary says:

    I haven’t watched the show in forever-but I think Regis and Kathy Lee were the best. Because he had his own full, social calendar-he would talk about who he ran into at dinner, funny recollections of celebrities, and she added similar stories. I think having a married couple just discussing their sex life or amusing funny family anecdotes, is so tacky and tedious.

  14. Peanut Butter says:

    She thinks she’s funny. I think she’s mean. It takes a lot more skill and creativity than she exhibits to be funny and engaging without making someone the butt of your jokes. I can’t watch her.

  15. Debbie says:

    Okay, I stopped glancing at this show when Michael Strahan left, and Kelly became even more obnoxious. However, I went back to watch the clip above and, all I have to say is that, the new Kelly and Mark show is a LOT of Kelly. He’s a good sport.

  16. HeyKay says:

    Kelly is SO annoying. Go ahead and cancel the show. Years ago.

  17. H says:

    I don’t know. This seems like the showbiz version of having a joint Facebook account.

    • ama1977 says:

      I’m dying. 🤣🤣 Hilarious AND accurate.

    • Susan levy says:

      I think the show can survive if Kelly keeps her mouth shut about their personal life especially in the bedroom.she absolutely has to stop over talking her husband he is a great actor and she needs to let him talk and take a step back it is not about Kelly all the time
      But on more guests and get the the ratings back up
      They can survive if she listens

  18. Orangegirl says:

    As someone who has literally been watching the show since Regis and Kathy, I can tell you that that clip was horrible and unwatchable

  19. jferber says:

    I watched a bit when Michael Strahan was on (a very likable and personable host). Kelly with Ryan Seacrest was too much blinding whiteness for me (both blond, ultra thin etc.) I will not watch her with her husband, especially if she’s not even letting him finish his sentences.

  20. David Liakos says:

    I always enjoyed Regis Philbin,Kathie Lee Gifford and Joy Philbin as a fill in, they all had class,dignity and grace, not the annoying,uninteresting banter that goes on between Kelly and Mark,and something tells me she told Michael Gelman that Mark was going to be er co host, was one ridiculous salary not enough? I see this as the beginning of the end.

  21. Geraldine says:

    I think it’s was a mistake placing Mark as co-Host. I definitely will not watch. When Ryan was there I viewed it everyday!