On Feb. 3 — Ripa also touched on getting the job alongside the late Regis Philbin.
“I actually think that the fact that I, I did not have any anticipation about getting that job at all, actually worked greatly to my advantage because I wasn’t going after it,” Ripa told host Fallon.
“I was asked to fill in for a fill-in host at the last minute so it took any stakes or any nervousness that I probably would’ve had away.”
Ripa, who would eventually land the co-host position and replace former host Kathie Lee Gifford, went on to reveal how her only “concern” was that she was very early on in her pregnancy with her and Mark Consuelos‘ daughter Lola Consuelos.
“And nobody knew,” she told Fallon. “Mark and I knew and nobody else knew.”
So in late 2000, months before officially landing the gig, Ripa was told that a psychic would be appearing on Live to give her a reading.
And when Ripa told her husband she had to cancel, he quipped the famous last words: “You think a psychic is gonna figure out you’re pregnant?”
“Not only did she figure out I was pregnant in three seconds, but she was like, ‘Your grandmother Dee is here,'” Ripa, who is also mom to sons Michael Consuelos and Joaquin Consuelos, recalled.
“And I was like, ‘Hmm nope that’s not her name.’ And she’s like, ‘Esther, but her nickname is Dee.’ Like, she figured it all out.”
During the reading above, which took place on Nov. 1, 2000, Rippa teared up as she told the psychic she hadn’t shared her pregnancy news with her boss yet.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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