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Kelly Ripa feels her family’s tightness, or lack thereof, in the midst of the new coronavirus epidemic, and frankly explained how much she misses the element of human interaction that millions could miss during the phase of social distancing from the pandemic.
The mother of three broke down on Wednesday on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” and struggled to cope with tears while explaining the emotional effect separation had on her. Ripa lost her while describing how much she misses hugging her parents and how her own children “won’t hug her” because of the distance guidelines.
In discussing the return of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and the perspective of sitting around the family TV while indulging in anecdotes, Ripa let his feelings flow to co-host Ryan Seacrest.
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“Look, I’m not going to lie, OK? I’m going to tell you a little secret, ”she started. “I’m not talking to two of my three kids right now, okay?” I ‘I’m not talking to two of them because … just because we’re all in the same boat together, right?
“Like, I didn’t have to hug my parents … I want to cuddle my parents. I miss cuddling my parents, ”she continued, suppressing tears. “And my children, like, won’t take me in my arms. And I say to myself, “Guys, we were all locked up together. We are well. You can hug me. It’s good. “”
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Ripa, 49, then made up and apologized for slightly diverting the moment.
“Anyway, I’m sorry. I don’t know why I’m crying, “she said, before adding,” Maybe I’m just going to have my period, who knows? Sorry … Sorry, I yelled, “Has my inner monologue come out?” Sorry, I didn’t mean to do this. “
Then, at just the right time, Seacrest sent his co-host a virtual hug.
Before Ripa showed his true human emotion, the couple discussed nationwide school closings and other course cancellations and subsequent exams in response to the measures taken to flatten the curve.
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“It’s so funny because my youngest, Joaquin [Consuelos], 17, is so – he’s so different from my other two kids [Michael Consuelos], 22 and [Lola Consuelos], 18, who would have danced, just danced around the house. They would have been so excited, “she said. But he has this level of anxiety. He felt so prepared for his exams. “
Ripa explained that Joaquin, who is also a high school wrestler, was “not relieved” of school cancellations, adding: “It is the uncertainty of everything that makes him very worried. “
She kept the same consideration for her other son, Michael, who was about to complete his university studies “in a couple [of] weeks. “
“And I feel really bad for my father who delayed a knee operation which he obviously can’t have now for so many reasons,” she said. “He was so excited to see his grandson graduate from college. It was a big topic of discussion in our house… It was at Yankee Stadium but then at his film school, they have a separate degree, and it was supposed to be at Radio City. “
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“So two of these iconic establishments that, you know, we’re not going to experience. And again, these are little problems given that so many people lose their loved ones and [are] very, very sick. But that’s just what it is, you know what I mean? Michael, by the way, is not at all embarrassed. “
Seacrest, the extraordinary producer he turned out to be, suggested that they “host a mini-ceremony for him here. “