KELLY Ripa has revealed plans to move away from television in the future, using her “ultimate career goal” after years of hosting.
Live With Kelly and Ryan host revealed in her book Live Wire: Long Winded Short Stories.
Kelly, 51, set out to write her first book in 2020, according to The Wall Street Journal.
At the time, she was self-confident, but her confidence started fading the more she started writing.
“I have the opposite of impostor syndrome. I think because I enjoy doing something, and because I enjoy reading, I can write a book.
While it took some time and self-awareness to accomplish, her book is already over and Kelly is now hoping it will take her place.
She doesn’t plan to stay on the silver screen forever and the former soap opera star has big plans for life after TV.
“My ultimate goal is to get off the camera,” Kelly said.
“Because I really enjoy the behind-the-scenes creative process more than [being] in front of the camera.”
However, it is not clear when she will step back from her live broadcasts or her other TV projects.
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Kelly’s comments about spending time away from TV come after she hinted that the live broadcast might be over.
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Earlier this week, Kelly and co-host Ryan Seacrest spoke about the shutdown of Broadway shows and joked that their show might have the same fate.
“I also wanted to announce that the Phantom of the Opera will be closing on Broadway after 35 years,” Kelly said.
“Wow! What a race though,” Ryan said.
The actress said she’s seen it “many times” and both seemed sad to see her go.
After Ryan asked a crew member what was the most expensive price – Live or Phantom, he noted that they were both running around the same time.
“And we still are!” Ryan smiled.
The crew member asked, “Are we closing?”
“Are we closing?” Kelly laughed. “We haven’t announced that yet.”
Although the co-hosts weren’t serious, the show has faced some backlash in recent months which could cause them to go off air.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many shows stopped.
Then they came back with virtual audiences or no audience, and now everyone is back mostly with live audiences, except for the live broadcasts.
Fans lashed out last week after the live stream, which has been a morning staple for more than 30 years, returned after Labor Day for a brand new season — once again without an audience in the studio.
Show seats have been empty since the outbreak of the pandemic, when producers abandoned the live audience and format for tape shows only in front of essential members of the production team.
But more than two years later, and while many other shows have welcomed many longtime fans, Live is still dead.
It would be an online filler about their frustration.
“Seriously, there is no ‘live’ audience yet…not even remotely?” One person tweeted.
“You need to get the program!”
Another added: “The virtual audience is good, but we need to return ‘live’ and in the studio.”
While one fan wondered, “What I want to know is why does Live with Kelly & Ryan, a talk show without a studio audience, have a DJ?”
The lack of an enthusiastic audience may contribute to early complaints that the show has become ‘boring’ and ‘expected’.
Fans are even speculating that the show is rigging scenes to increase ratings amid fears of its cancellation.
One fan exasperated: “Live! It’s the worst show on the planet and it’s so boring and looks like they have to fake embarrassing blunders on TV just to keep their little audience watching.”
Another agreed and posted: “Live with Kelly and Ryan has got to be the most dazzling TV show.”
However, a third tweeted: “The most boring program on TV.”
The live stream featured several co-hosts including Regis Philbin, Kathy Lee Gifford, Michael Strahan, and now Kelly and Ryan.