Kelly Ripa says she’s wanted to ‘find another career’ for the past 20 years: ‘I’m too old for this crap’ – Kelly Ripa said on Tuesday that she’s contemplated making a career change for 20 years, citing her discomfort in front of the camera as the primary reason she would leave TV.
The 50-year-old, who rose to fame as a soap opera actress on “All My Children” before becoming a mainstay on morning television, spoke about her gripes with appearing on the small screen during an appearance on “Just B with Bethenny Frankel.“
“I’ve been saying that it’s time to fold it for 20 years,” the “Live With Kelly and Ryan” cohost said.
She continued, “For 20 years I’m like, ‘I can’t do it anymore. I can’t do it. I’m too old for this crap. I can’t do it. I need to find another career. I need to get off camera.'”
In 2001, Ripa officially replaced Kathie Lee Gifford as Regis Philbin’s counterpart on ABC’s “Live.” From the time she secured the highly-coveted cohosting job, she said she struggled with being in front of the camera.
“I’m not very comfortable. I always say I could do my job for 200 years if it didn’t happen on camera,” she said.
Frankel asked Ripa if she feels self-conscious about her physical appearance or just doesn’t like the attention that comes with the job, to which Ripa replied: “All of that. I don’t like the attention. I don’t go to parties. I don’t go to Hollywood events. I don’t do any of that stuff.”
Ripa pointed out that she even dislikes listening to herself speak and finds her own voice to be irritating.
“I don’t love being on camera. It’s never been something that fed me in any sort of egotistical way,” the Daytime Emmy winner told Frankel, continuing, “I find my own voice grating, so I apologize to your listeners if they’re like, ‘This is nails on a chalkboard.’ I feel you.”
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Kelly Ripa says she’s wanted to ‘find another career’ – Kelly Ripa says she’s wanted to ‘find another career’