Kelly Ripa Reveals She ‘Quit Drinking’ Three Years Ago When Ryan Seacrest Became Co-Host

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While discussing news of a downtick in wine sales in 2019 on Monday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, morning-show favorite Kelly Ripa revealed she no longer drinks alcohol—and hasn’t for a while.

“They’re saying that Americans bought less wine last year. It’s the first drop in a quarter of a century,” she said on the show. “Now, I believe this is because I quit drinking, that I caused this dip. I have influenced the market. I’m not saying I’ve driven people [out of drinking alcohol], I’m saying I stopped buying wine and there’s a … dip.”


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The 49-year-old host didn’t share why she decided to quit drinking, but she did insinuate the shift came around the time Michael Strahan left the show and Seacrest became her co-host back in 2017. “I started the show and she quit drinking. What does that tell you?” joked Seacrest, to which Ripa responded: “Exactly…It’s amazing.”

While Ripa credits Botox Cosmetic for her crease-free skin, this lifestyle change absolutely plays a role in her always-glowing skin, as a 2017 study outlined the negative effects heavy drinking has on women over the age of 40.

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