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Kelly Ripa Says She's the 'Angriest Patient' When She's Sick: 'I'm Such a Baby'

The host of "Live with Kelly and Mark" admitted that she's not the easiest to deal with when she's sick — but suggested jokingly that her family could be better caretakers

<p>YouTube TV</p> Live with Kelly and Mark, Dec. 4, 2023.

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Live with Kelly and Mark, Dec. 4, 2023.

Nobody likes being sick, but if you’re Kelly Ripa, you take illness as a “personal failure.”

The talk show host, 53, returned to Live with Kelly and Mark Monday after missing some days due to illness, and as she explained on-air, “I’m such a baby and I’m such an angry patient. I really am. I really am the angriest patient. I become enraged.”

“You never get sick and I know it kills you,” her husband and co-host, Mark Consuelos, 52, said, to which Ripa agreed.

“I appreciate how — knock on wood — healthy I am until I’m not,” said Ripa, who didn't clarify what specific illness she had, although she did say she had a fever.

And according to Consuelos, she wasn't the easiest patient to have in the house.

“You come down[stairs] and everyone just starts backing away and you get upset that we feel like you’re going to get us sick. You get offended,” Consuelos told Ripa. "You’re like, ‘Why are you guys looking at me like that?’ Because we don’t want to get sick!”

<p>Roy Rochlin/Getty</p> Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos.

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos.

“No, that’s not it at all,” Ripa countered. “I walk into the room and everyone starts harassing me that I’ve left the bedroom. But do you think any of these savages would ask me if I need anything!?"

“Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa,” Consuelos replied. “You can’t say that. Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop.”

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“You bring me things I don’t want!” Ripa said.

“No, I text you, I said, ‘Can get you anything, do you need anything?’ I know there’s other people who say, ‘Hey, do you need anything?’ And you just don’t know what you want, so you want to come down and choose what you want. But that’s not our fault.”

“I come down—” Ripa began, but Consuelos cut her off.

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“Typhoid Mary comes down,” he said, referring to the infamous asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever, Mary Mallon, who spread the disease. "‘What are these death stares? Everyone’s looking at me with these death stares!’ We just don’t want to get sick.”

But Ripa balked at this depiction of her, insisting, “I’m so conscientious about spreading viruses of any sort in my house, that I came downstairs in surgical gloves and a mask. So spare me all this, ‘Ooooh, she’s going to get us sick.’ Guess what — one of you got me sick!”

“It wasn’t me,” Consuelos said, prompting Ripa to blame their middle child, daughter Lola, 22.

<p>Kelly Ripa/Instagram</p> Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos with children (from left) Joaquin, Lola, and Michael.

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos with children (from left) Joaquin, Lola, and Michael.

“Probably Lola Flying Around the World Consuelos. I like to call her ‘Frequent Flyer Consuelos,’” Ripa quipped, referencing their daughter’s trips to London to visit her British beau.

But now that Ripa’s feeling better, things are back to normal at their house — and the twosome are sharing a bedroom again.

“I finally slept back in bed last night, which was so nice,” Consuelos said, adding, “I do not sleep without you in bed. I don’t…But it was really nice. I got a good night’s rest last night.”

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And although Ripa may have been, ahem, a challenging patient, she did say she was “super productive while I was ill. I became very nocturnal, I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the circadian rhythm thing, you get your sickest when it’s sort of bedtime and you get a fever. But anyway, I got everything done. Every gift is wrapped. Right? When you walked into that bedroom after being exiled—”

“It was like the movie Elf,” Consuelos said, referring to how Will Ferrell’s character Buddy decorates his cantankerous father’s apartment overnight.

“Everything was done. He was like, ‘How did this all get done?’" Ripa shared. "I was like, ‘Sick days. I make things happen. I am productive.’"

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