Kelly Ripa Says She Stopped Drinking Alcohol When Ryan Seacrest Joined Her on Live
Today's episode of Live With Kelly and Ryan, Kelly Ripa dropped a bombshell: she revealed that she quit drinking alcohol entirely. People reports that Ripa was talking about an overall downturn in wine sales during 2019 and said that her habits may have had something to do with it.
"They're saying that Americans bought less wine last year. It’s the first drop in a quarter of a century," Ripa said. "Now, I believe this is because I quit drinking, that I caused this dip. I have influenced the market."
She elaborated, saying that she's not implying that she drove people to sobriety, she just wanted to let everyone know that she's stopped buying and drinking wine. Seacrest added a few more details, letting viewers know that the timing of Ripa's decision came when he arrived to be her co-host.
"I'm not saying I've driven people [out of drinking alcohol]," she added. "I'm saying I stopped buying wine and there's a ... dip."
"I started the show and she quit drinking. What does that tell you?" Seacrest said. Ripa responded: "Exactly ... it's amazing."
Ripa didn't address the exact reason for her decision to stop drinking, though People notes that she has been more open about her regimented diet.
"It has changed my life, it’s changed the whole way I think about food," she said of her alkaline diet, which she began way back in 2015, when she was still partaking in a glass of wine every now and then. "I like to drink coffee. I occasionally will have fish. The alkaline diet is primarily a vegan diet, but I like cream in my coffee. I like to have a glass of wine. So, I don't adhere to it strictly."