Kelly Ripa
Kelly Ripa

Host Biography

Entrepreneur, host, actress and producer Kelly Ripa is one of the most powerful voices in media, with a diverse body of work both on- and off- camera.

A household name for nearly two decades, Ripa has hosted the award-winning "Live" franchise for more than 19 years and has established "Live" as a major destination for entertainers, politicians, athletes and other cultural icons. In May 2019, Ripa was honored with her sixth Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Award, for Outstanding Talk Show Host on behalf of "Live." Her contributions as host of "Live" have helped garner the show 16 Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show, with a win in the category in 2012. In addition, Ripa has received multiple People's Choice nominations for her work hosting the show. 

Beginning her entertainment career as an actress, Ripa's success spans numerous celebrated television series. In 2015, Ripa guest starred on an episode of the hit comedy series "Broad City," where her performance, playing an alternate side of her television persona, was met with rave reviews. In 2003, she ventured into primetime, starring in the half-hour sitcom "Hope & Faith" as Faith Fairfield. The series ran for three seasons on ABC. Prior to this, Ripa concluded her 12-year tenure as Hayley Vaughan, the role that launched her career on ABC's beloved daytime drama "All My Children." For her performance, Ripa won three Soap Opera Digest Awards, two for Outstanding Younger Lead Actress and one for Hottest Romance, which she shared with her real-life husband and co-star, actor Mark Consuelos, as well as three Daytime Emmy nominations. 

Ripa's versatility and breadth of character led to other on-screen opportunities, including a recurring role on the hit NBC series "Ed" and an appearance in late-night TV's most coveted role, hosting "Saturday Night Live." In 2007, Ripa hosted the "50 Funniest Women Alive" special on the Oxygen network, adding to other notable credits that include hosting the TV Land Awards in 2007 and 2012. Ripa also served as host of the annual ABC "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade" nine times, receiving a 2006 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Special, plus nominations in 2007, 2008 and 2009. 

In film, Ripa appeared in "Marvin's Room," the acclaimed Miramax feature with Meryl Streep and Leonardo DiCaprio, and won the Best Actress award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival for her lead role in "The Stand-In."

However, Ripa's accomplishments extend beyond her on-camera efforts, as she has evolved her career as an entrepreneur, producer and designer. Milojo Productions, Ripa and Consuelos' NY-based production company, develops and produces content across platforms. Milojo has developed and produced for networks including Bravo, Logo, VH1, E!, CMT, HGTV, WeTV, TLC and Discovery. In addition, Milojo produced Emmy-nominated documentary "The Streak" for ESPN and critically acclaimed documentary "Off The Rez" for TLC, both of which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Their most recent docu-series for Logo, "Fire Island," premiered in 2017. Milojo has partnered with many successful comedy writers and sold several recent scripted projects to ABC, including "Valley Girls" and "Work Wife." Milojo previously sold a dark comedy to HBO and an earlier musical comedy to ABC Family (now known as Freeform). Milojo also partnered with Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment to develop "How the Other Half Hamptons," an hour-long series for Freeform. The company has been involved in such projects as "Masters of Reception," "Homemade Millionaire," "Dirty Soap," "Cheer," "Secret Guide To Fabulous," "My Diet Is Better Than Yours," "Secret Guide to Summer" and the "New Now Next Vote" election specials with Wanda Sykes. Most recently, Milojo Productions teamed up with Hulu and ABC Signature to develop an ongoing drama series based on the book "Mexican Gothic," written by bestselling author Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Milojo is deeply involved in the digital space with multiple web series, including their series for YouTube's Awesomeness TV, "Joffrey Elite," and their most recent series for Facebook Watch, "Kelly Ripa and Rachael Harris' Heads & Faces."

As an entrepreneur and designer, Ripa has an exclusive fabrics line at Joann's Fabrics, where her products are trademarked by vibrant colors and patterns that speak to the current trends in interior décor.

Ripa has earned numerous accolades over the years, including the prestigious Excellence in Media Award from GLAAD in 2015, for her efforts advocating for equality and dedication to driving acceptance forward.

She is consistently recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as part of its annual Women in Entertainment Power 100 list, as well as the trade publication's 35 Most Powerful People in N.Y. Media. In October 2015, Ripa was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Ripa is actively involved with the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA), the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families. She hosted the organization's annual Super Saturday event in previous years, now referred to as Super September. Ripa has also been a longtime supporter of Win NYC, a nonprofit organization that provides shelters, supplies, and critical services to women and their children. Ripa and her husband, Mark Consuelos, have donated significant funds to Win throughout their marriage, most recently providing necessary funds to support those living in the shelters during the 2020 COVID-19 global pandemic.  

Ripa met her husband Mark Consuelos on the set of "All My Children." The two married in 1996, a year before their characters married on-screen. They live in New York and have three children.