Kelly Ripa made headlines this week for saying that The Bachelorette is disgusting.
And just 24 hours later, who ended up appearing on Ripa’s talk show?
The Bachelorette herself!
Ripa, of course, was not saying on yesterday’s edition of Live with Kelly and Ryan that Hannah Brown is disgusting.
She was saying that the premise of the series itself is a giant insult to women everywhere… which seems like a very obvious point and yet which has come across as controversial for some reason.
“I can’t stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one ordinary fella, in my opinion,” Ripa said on air, referring to The Bachelor really and adding:
“You know how I feel, ladies, we are too special to be arguing over a guy.”
Ripa also referred to The Bachelorette as “creepy.”
In response to these comments, Bachelor/Bachelorette host Chris Harrison and franchise creator Mike Fleiss both WENT OFF on Ripa.
“Look out #BachelorNation Kelly Ripa is coming after you and your ‘disgusting’ Monday night habit,” Harrison tweeted, while Fleiss got far more personal.
“Easy, Kelly Ripa,” he wrote. “The Bachelor franchise pays your salary.”
Granted, this franchise makes a ton of money for ABC – but Kelly’s talk show is in syndication.
It generates millions per year for the network on its own.
This response by Fleiss drew the wrath of another ABC employee who knows a thing or two dozen about raking in cash for the network.
“Okay @fleissmeister… that’s some handle bro!” wrote Ellen Pompeo in maybe the greatest opening to a Tweet in history.
The Grey’s Anatomy star then added:
“Your show does NOT pay @KellyRipa salary. Also we don’t attack successful women on our network and men certainly cannot take credit for their success.
“Don’t get me started on your show cuz I’m a savage…. #bachelorsoooowhite.”
We absolutely love it.
But back to Brown and Ripa…
As soon as The Bachelorette sat down opposite Ripa on Thursday morning, the women engaged in a friendly debate about the show.
“I’m not sure if they told you backstage, I’m not behind this at all,” Ripa told the season 15 lead, joking: “You seem like a lovely girl. You blink twice, I will get you out of here.”
Brown, though, was unfazed.
“I’m good,” she said with a laugh. “I’m glad to be here.”
“I am very against women fighting over a guy,” Ripa continued.
“I don’t believe in it. I think it’s, you know, weird and sets us back. But now, you are in the power position. So, take me through that. How does that work?”
Brown obliged as follows:
“I didn’t really follow the show, wasn’t a big fan.
“But, being a part of the show, it’s not women fighting against each other. Really, some of my best friends came from the show and were really supportive.
“When you have a group of 30 people together, there’s going to be people who don’t like each other. That’s simple facts.”
Brown, of course, earned her lead role this season after competing to be Colton Underwood’s wife on The Bachelor.
“Ultimately, it was one of the most empowering things that I ever have done because I had to push myself and grow as an individual,” she continued.
“And I did. And I think that’s why I decided that I wanted to be the Bachelorette and wanted that so bad.”
It sounds ot us like a network PR person wrote some solid words for Brown to utter in defense of the show, doesn’t it?
We’re not entirely sure how a woman can be empowered on a series built around the concept of a man picking and choosing who he wants to keep and who he wants to send home.
But we’re not here to judge!
We’re just here to bring you some The Bachelorette spoilers!
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