KELLY Ripa has revealed plans to step away from television in the future, teasing her “ultimate career goal” after years of hosting.
The Live With Kelly and Ryan host made the reveal in her book, Live Wire: Long Winded Short Stories.
Kelly, 51, first set out to write her book in 2020, according to The Wall Street Journal.
At the time, she was sure of herself, but her confidence began to fade the more she started writing.
“I have the opposite of impostor syndrome. I think that because I enjoy doing something, because I enjoy reading, I can write a book,” she told the newspaper.
While it took her some time and self-realization to get it done, her book did get finished and Kelly is now hopeful that it will take her places.
She doesn’t plan to stay on the silver screen forever and the former soap opera star has big plans for life after television.
“My ultimate goal is to get off camera,” Kelly shared.
“Because I really do enjoy the process of behind-the-scenes creativity more than [being] in front of the camera.”
It’s unclear when she will step back from Live, or her other TV projects, however.
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Kelly’s comments about taking time away from TV come after she hinted at Live possibly coming to an end.
LIVE NO MORE?
Earlier this week, Kelly and co-host Ryan Seacrest talked about Broadway shows closing and joked that their show might have the same fate.
“Also, I wanted to announce that Phantom of the Opera is closing on Broadway after 35 years,” Kelly said.
“Wow! What a run though,” Ryan said.
The actress said that she has seen it “many, many times” and they both seemed sad to see it go.
After Ryan asked a member of the crew what was more expensive- Live or Phantom, he pointed out that they’ve both been on about the same time.
“And we’re still on!” Ryan smiled.
The crew member asked: “Are we closing?”
“Are we closing?” Kelly chuckled. “We haven’t announced that yet.”
Although the co-hosts weren’t serious, the show has faced some backlash in recent months that might cause them to go off the air.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many shows went on a hiatus.
Then they came back with virtual or no audiences, and now mostly everyone is back with live audiences, except for Live.
Fans lashed out last week after Live, which has been a morning staple for more than 30 years, returned after Labor Day for a brand new season – once again without a studio audience.
The show’s seats have been empty since the pandemic hit, when producers ditched the live audience and format to only tape shows in front of necessary members of the production team.
But more than two years later, and while many other shows have long since welcomed back fans, Live remains dead.
Would be seat-filler expressed their frustration online.
“Seriously, still no “live” audience…not even remotely?” one person tweeted.
“Y’all need to get with the program!”
Another added: “Virtual audience OK but we need “live” back & in studio.”
While one fan questioned: “What I want to know is why does Live with Kelly & Ryan, a talk show with no studio audience, have a DJ?”
The lack of an enthusiastic crowd could be contributing to early complaints that the show has become “boring” and “predictable.”
Fans are even speculating that the show is faking scenes to boost ratings amid fears it will be cancelled.
One fan raged: “Live! is the worst show on the planet and is so boring it almost seems as if they have to fake embarrassing blunders on TV just to keep their tiny audience watching.”
Another agreed and posted: “Live with Kelly and Ryan has to be the most unseasoned show on television.”
Yet a third tweeted: “The most boring show on TV.”
Live has seen many co-hosts including Regis Philbin, Kathie Lee Gifford, Michael Strahan, and now Kelly and Ryan.