ABC executives back Kelly Ripa for calling Bachelor franchise 'disgusting'

Esequiel Farfan
May 18, 2019

'I couldn't stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one ordinary fella, in my opinion, ' she continued, referring to the show and its predecessor The Bachelor.

Ripa had not publicly commented on the responses from Harrison, 47, and Fleiss, 55, before Brown's appearance on her show Thursday, when she opened up the interview by poking fun at the whole situation.

The ABC personalities' feud could have ended there, but on Thursday morning, Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo chimed in with her own criticism of Fleiss, saying, "We don't attack successful women on our network and men certainly cannot take credit for their success". "You know how I feel about this show", she added.

"Okay @fleissmeister... that's some handle bro!"

A source close to the daytime talk show spoke to People about the controversy just before current Bachelorette Brown was due to sit down with Ripa and cohost Ryan Seacrest. The franchise also has another spinoff with Bachelor in Paradise. You know how I feel, ladies!

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Harrison, who has hosted The Bachelor since the show's beginning in 2002, was the first to respond on Tuesday night as he tweeted: "Look out #BachelorNation ⁦@KellyRipa⁩ is coming after you and your 'disgusting" Monday night habit'. Your show does NOT pay @KellyRipa salary. "Also we don't attack successful women on our network and men certainly can not take credit for their success". The show's creator, Fleiss, joined in with his comment about Ripa's salary being paid for by the success of the reality series. Your show does NOT pay @KellyRipa salary.

'I am very against women fighting over a guy.

'Don't get me started on your show cuz I'm a savage.#bachelorsoooowhite'. I don't believe in it. When you have a group of 30 people together, there are going to be people who don't like each other - that's just simple, facts. "You're so right.but it's still true so I had to call it out". "But ultimately it was one of the most empowering things I've ever done because I've had to push myself and grow as an individual and I did, and that's why I decided I wanted to be the bachelorette and wanted that so bad for myself".

In its 23 seasons, The Bachelor has had one Hispanic lead, Juan Pablo Galavis, in 2014.

It looks like the heavyweights of three different ABC shows are still going at it.

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