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Kelly Ripa Just Revealed She Stopped Drinking Alcohol: "It's Amazing"

Kimberly Zapata
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From Oprah Magazine

  • Kelly Ripa made a surprising announcement on Monday's episode of Live with Kelly & Ryan, according to People.
  • The talk show host revealed she no longer drinks alcohol—and hasn't for some time.

Kelly Ripa is an open book. The talk show host and television personality regularly posts intimate (and, according to her children, embarrassing) photos on Instagram, and she shares personal stories on her show each and every day. But many were taken aback when Ripa casually confessed she quit drinking on Monday's episode of Live with Kelly & Ryan.

"It's amazing," Ripa said.

The revelation came during a segment on 2019 wine sales, which dropped by 0.9 percent. "They’re saying that Americans bought less wine last year," Ripa said. "It’s the first drop in a quarter of a century. Now, I believe this is because I quit drinking, that I caused this dip. I have influenced the market."

When Seacrest questioned how Ripa could impact an entire market, Ripa joked she was just buying that much. "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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No word on why Ripa chose to stop drinking or when, though Seacrest implied it occurred sometime after he began hosting the show. "I started the show and she quit drinking. What does that tell you?" he quipped. However, the basis for Ripa's decision doesn't matter. People abstain from alcohol for countless reasons, including addiction, wellness, and simply disliking the taste and/or its effects.

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The good news, at least for wine purveyors, is that Seacrest will likely pick up the slack. In 2018, he told The New York Times he is a foodie and a wine connoisseur.

"I’m mostly vegan," Seacrest said. "I am also a massive foodie. I’m only working to eat well and drink wine. I have to. Otherwise, I would not enjoy life. During the week, it’s impossible, but Fridays and Saturdays, it’s fantastic to have a two-hour meal, family style, with a fantastic bottle of wine."

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