Kelly Ripa Reveals She Quit Drinking Since Ryan Seacrest Became Co-Host: ‘It’s Amazing’

Kelly Ripa says she no longer drinks alcohol. On Monday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, the talk show host, 49, revealed that she quit drinking while discussing news of a downtick in wine sales in 2019. Joking with her co-host Ryan Seacrest, Ripa said cutting off her consumption must’ve caused the decline in wine purchases. “They’re saying that Americans bought less wine last year. It’s the first drop in a quarter of a century,” she said. “Now, I believe this is because I quit drinking, that I caused this dip. I have influenced the market.” She added: “I’m not saying I’ve driven people [out of drinking alcohol], I’m saying I stopped buying wine and there’s a … dip.” Though Ripa didn’t say why she decided to quit drinking, she hinted that the choice came around the time Seacrest, 45, became her cohost back in 2017, after Michael Strahan left the morning show. “I started the show and she quit drinking. What does that tell you?” joked Seacrest, to which Ripa responded: “Exactly. … It’s amazing.”