By Sasha Savitsky
Published May 15, 2019
Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
The “Live with Kelly and Ryan” host on Tuesday slammed the dating competition shows shortly after co-host Ryan Seacrest announced that Hannah Brown will make an appearance on their talk show this week. Brown, the newest "Bachelorette," was a contestant in the 23rd season of "The Bachelor" but was ultimately not chosen by its star, Colton Underwood.
"You guys know how I feel about the show — it disgusts me," she said of "The Bachelorette."
Fleiss quickly took to Twitter to defend his shows and remind Ripa where her paycheck comes from. ABC airs both Ripa's morning show and the "Bachelor" series.
“Easy, @KellyRipa … #TheBachelor franchise pays your salary!” Fleiss, 55, tweeted.
"Bachelor" host Harrison chimed in, tweeting: "Look out #BachelorNation @KellyRipa is coming after you and your ‘disgusting’ Monday night habit."
On her show on Tuesday, Ripa also said she "can't stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one ordinary fella, in my opinion. You know how I feel, ladies — we are too special to be arguing over a guy.
“Having said that, all of you women watch that gross, gross show,” she added, apparently addressing the talk show’s audience.