How Kelly Ripa Accidentally 'Harassed'' Husband Mark Consuelos When They First Met

"He's looking around at the other guys that are screen testing like 'Has she said anything bats–t like this to any of you?'"

Kelly Ripa admitted her first meeting with her now-husband Mark Consuelos didn’t go too smoothly!

While appearing on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Wednesday night, the Emmy Award-winning daytime television host shared that when the two met during a screen test for “All My Children,” she acted in “such a way that today, in this atmosphere, this climate we all live in, I basically accidentally, innocently sexually harassed my husband.”

“I walked up to him at a screen test and I said, ‘I had a dream about you,'” Ripa said as she recalled the story of their first encounter. “At that point he should have pushed the button and they would just take me out.”

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She then proceeded to tell Consuelos about the dream, saying they were flying on a plane to Rome together with their baby, who, of course, did not exist.

Naturally, the actor responded a little nervously.

“He’s looking around at the other guys that are screen testing like ‘Has she said anything bats–t like this to any of you?’ and all of the guys are listening,” she continued.

Before walking away to “file a restraining order,” cracked Ripa, the future-“Riverdale” actor asked Kelly if she had ever been to Rome. When she replied no, he took the opportunity to share that he and his family used to live in Italy before walking away from the conversation.

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Mark and Kelly have now been married for 26 years and share three children, Michael, 25, Lola, 21, and Joaquin, 19.

Ripa also spoke to host Seth Meyers about the three becoming adults and leaving for college. Though she and Mark are technically empty-nesters, she revealed that the two are never really alone.

“We were kind of empty nesters and then my mom had heart surgery,” Ripa explained. “So now we’re living with my parents. And Mark’s like, ‘That didn’t take long.’ The nest is full again but with older people.”

“We love collectively all of our parents, and we appreciate that they fall apart in different stages,” she quipped. “So it’s not like they’re all with us all at once. It’s like, first my mother-in-law will have surgery, then my father-in-law will have surgery, then my dad has surgery. They stagger the surgeries. They’re thoughtful elderly people.”

Ripa was on the show to promote her new book, “Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories,” which is out now.


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