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If you bump into Kelly Ripa, please don’t give her any hair advice—she’s begging you not to.
Kelly, who recently shared the go-to self tan product that doesn't stain her sheets, made the request while hosting an episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan earlier this week. Kelly, 51, and Ryan Seacrest, 47, got to talking about the latter’s long hairstyle, which he explained he let grow out because of an Oscars performance he was scheduled to tape just a few hours later.
Apparently, the audience approved of Ryan’s new hairstyle because, when he told everyone that he was going to cut his hair after the taping, spectators responded with a deep “awww.” At that point, Kelly commented that she’s used to people chiming in about her own hair.
"People weigh in on my hair in a way, it’s like, 'Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t ask you,'" said the host not entirely jokingly. "I’m like, 'I have no comparison for your hair, but I assume it looks pretty great every day.'" That line, of course, drew some laughs.
Funnily enough, the daytime show's producer, Michael Gelman, also entered the conversation, revealing that viewers constantly send in notes stating their opinions on the hosts' hairstyles. "The height of your hair, what your hair looks like, what you should do with your hair—both of you," said the producer.
Fans of Live with Kelly and Ryan are by now used to the host’s hair-centered conversations. Just last month, Kelly told the audience that she tried to hide gray roots just a year or so ago. "During the early days of the pandemic, I had embraced my gray hair privately while publicly I was using brown eyeshadow to paint my roots some shade that wasn't Santa Claus white," she said. "But in real life, I go, 'Oh, I look great with gray hair, you can barely tell.'"
Although she said she has considered transitioning to gray hair, Kelly eventually told fans that Cher’s vow to "never go gray" resonated with her, which is why she’s sticking to her signature blonde. And who are we to comment on her decision?
Anna Rahmanan is a New York-based writer and editor who covers culture, entertainment, food, fashion and travel news. Anna’s words have appeared on Time Out New York, the Huffington Post, Fortune, Forbes, Us Weekly, Bon Appetit and Brooklyn Magazine, among other outlets.
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