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Kelly Ripa Loves Kelly Bensimon, is Baffled by her RHONY Act

By AD Lynn |

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Kelly Bensimon, the Real Housewives of New York‘s resident curiousity, has a supporter in Kelly Ripa. And not just because the Real Housewife and the Live With Regis and Kelly host share a name. ”I’ve met her many times,” Ripa said on Bravo TV’s Watch What Happens Live, which aired directly after last night’s Real Housewives of New York finale. Ripa went on to describe the Kelly Bensimon she’s met, and how that person differs drastically from the Kelly Bensimon you see on TV…

First, as a fellow mother, Kelly Ripa confided that Kelly is “a good mom. I’ve seen her out with her kids.” In fact, the Bensimon that Ripa knows shares little with the woman on RHONY and on the Real Housewives finale. “I am sort of mesmerized by the person I see on the show,” Ripa said. “The person I’ve met is a very together, with-it, calm lady.” All in all, she later noted, “I love my Kelly Bensimon.”

So what’s up with the crazy lady we’ve seen the past few Thursday nights? “I don’t know what to make of her,” Ripa told Bravo host Andy Cohen. “She knows what she wants to say, it’s all here,” Ripa tapped her head, “it’s just [a matter of] getting it out. She gets sidetracked and derails herself.” 

“Derails” is a kind word for it. And Ripa kept her characteristic kindness going when talking about the Housewives in general.

“The girls, they just get progressively more gorgeous,” she said, referring to their increasing beauty, season by season. “They see one thing they don’t like, they get it fixed.”

Wait, was that sentiment an act of kindness? Or something more sinister? You be the judge.

PHOTO: Bauer-Griffin

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Allison Lynn is a writer and editor whose articles have appeared in publications ranging from PEOPLE to The New York Times Book Review. She blogged for Babble’s Famecrawler, and authored the novels "The Exiles" and "Now You See It". Read more of her work on her blog, Allison Lynn.

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0 thoughts on “Kelly Ripa Loves Kelly Bensimon, is Baffled by her RHONY Act

  1. real watcher says:

    I always thought Kelly Rippa wasn’t as sweet as she plays on TV and her appearance on Real Housewives last night confirmed my instincts. She can mix it up with the rest of them. Most of her comments were veiled sarcasm. Each of her compliments were back handed. She obviously sees herself as better than the ladies. But everyone is capable of the things we see on TV that is why it is called “Reality TV’ Kelly Rippa only showed me she is no different than any of these women on TV.

  2. Vanessa says:

    I actually thought Kelly Ripa was refreshing on WWHN. I always thought of her as a goody two-shoes and annoying even, but she was really funny last night and seemed down-to-earth. New fan!

  3. Melanie says:

    I was actually surprised at how much I liked Kelly Ripa last night. I haven’t seen much of her before. I think she doesn’t recognize Kelly Bensimon on the show because she’s a meth head now. Probably hasn’t always been.

  4. nycfan says:

    I didnt think Kelly Ripa was being ingenuine. I think all celebrities choose their words carefully. She still stated how she felt about Kelly (whom she has met and we havent) and how the difference is. I have to say Kelly Bensimon cannot take the aggressive, say what you have to say attitude- she (Kelly) tried to fight back and it all came out wrong and she ended up looking crazy. I do think she has also reached her limit of constant belittling and berating from previous seasons, even though she does not say the most intelligent things.

  5. Jay Fox says:

    Umm… hasn’t Kelly only been on for 2 seasons?

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