Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos have been secretly staying in the Caribbean during the coronavirus pandemic.
ABC, the network that plays her talk show, revealed that the company advised her family to stay there. She reportedly shared this information during a virtual town hall with ABC employees.
Ripa said she had planned a trip for her family, and just three days after arriving, "everything changed."
"I mean, everything shut down; the government shut down; our country shut down. I hate to use the word stuck, but we were. We decided to stay where we are," Ripa said
Ripa began to host the show from the tropical destination, which she has never talked about on the show.
The news about Ripa being stranded comes days after she stood up to critics of her on-air appearance.
The “Live with Kelly and Ryan” host clapped back at some outspoken viewers who critiqued her and Ryan Seacrest for their on-air appearance during the coronavirus quarantine.
The duo has been filming episodes at-home since mid-March when the outbreak began shutting down production on many scripted TV shows along with daytime and nighttime talk shows.
During the episode, Ripa ripped on the haters stating, “First of all, let me just say, to people commenting on our appearance: How dare you and you’re lucky that we actually put clothes on,” she said. “It’s harder than you think to roll out of bed and come to a TV show.”
She went on to say that she won’t let the negativity bring her down, adding, “I don’t care. I have a new outlook on life.”