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Kelly Ripa warns Live producers ‘I need time off’ after she was ‘forced’ to work while sick

Kelly Ripa warns Live producers ‘I need time off’ after she was ‘forced’ to work while sick

KELLY Ripa has warned producers that she wants “time off” after being “forced” to work when she was sick.

The Live with Kelly and Ryan star, 52, left viewers concerned earlier this month when she co-hosted the show despite being ill and barely able to talk.

WABCKelly Ripa warned producers that she’s going to need ‘time off’ after being ‘forced’ to work when she was sick[/caption]

Instagram/kellyripaKelly appeared on the show despite being unwell and barely able to talk[/caption]

Kelly has now returned to the morning show after taking several days off while feeling ill.

While the presenter insisted she was feeling better, she did talk about taking a “sabbatical” during Tuesday’s episode.

Kelly talked about taking a break while joking that she wanted to join Madonna as a backup dancer on the pop icon’s hotly anticipated upcoming tour.

“I’m going to need some time off,” the actress demanded.

Kelly then announced that Madonna was looking for supermodels and dancers aged between 50 and 90.

She joked: “At that point I’m hoping to be retired. If I’m still doing, you all have an obligation, ok?”

Ryan Seacrest added: “Pull it. Just pull the show.”

Kelly went on: “You have to be a good friend.”

Ryan then asked his co-host: “How will you make this decision to be a supermodel or a backup dancer for Madonna’s show?”

Kelly replied: “Do I go on the road with Madonna? Either way, I’m going to need a sabbatical.”

Ryan added: “Either way, time off required and time off soon please.”


Earlier this month, Kelly sparked concern when she appeared on the show despite barely being able to speak.

She was honest about feeling unwell and having to have a throat lozenge in her mouth for most of one episode and could barely talk during an episode the next day.

One upset fan tweeted: “They deada** got Kelly Ripa working while she sounds like Christian Bale’s Batman….”

Another commented: “Who let Kelly Ripa be on air sounding like a chain smoker?”

On Monday, Kelly returned to the show and said she’s feeling much better even though her voice is still a bit hoarse.

She said: “Here’s the thing. Last week, the better I felt, the worse I sounded.

“So, [producer Michael] Gelman was like, ‘You have to leave, you’re a talk show host and you have no voice, there’s no point in you being here.’”

The TV personality said it felt like getting a snow day without the snow because she felt “fine,” but just “didn’t have a voice”.

WABCShe talked about taking a ‘sabbatical’ to be a backup dancer for Madonna’s upcoming tour[/caption]

WABCKelly also said she didn’t want to still be hosting the show when she was 90[/caption]

GettyKelly (seen with Ryan Seacrest in 2020) took several days off earlier this month while recovering from her mystery illness[/caption]

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