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Kelly Ripa poses smiling on set

Kelly Ripa Caught Ignoring Barista While Ryan Seacrest Says Hi

By Rebecca Cukier

Kelly Ripa just got big-time busted for appearing to ignore a backstage coffee server on the "Live!" set. The 49-year-old talk show queen, already dubbed a "drama queen" this month as she appeared not-so-excited over Ryan Seacrest's post-sickness return, now sees fans calling her out – while 45-year-old Ryan was filmed politely greeting the show's coffee server, co-host Kelly didn't quite make it to "hello."

A heated debate has now been sparked, with fans lashing out at Kelly and others backing her up. Check it out below.

Starts Off Straight-Forward


Scroll for the video. Kelly and Ryan, now back on set after 180 days of home-set video streaming, had both been filmed making their way through backstage corridors ‒ the cameras catch everything. Former "All My Children" actress Kelly appeared first, cheerfully babbling away while looking super-stylish in a chic and fitted black maxi dress and pointed-toe stilettos.

"Let me...lemme...we're now, we're now psychically communicating," Kelly said while waving her arms around – seemingly referring to a connection with Ryan. The "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" producer followed Ripa. The camera then swung to some coffee action.

Told A 'Little Hi' Would Mean A Lot

Kelly Ripa poses

Keep scrolling for the video, which then swung to the backstage coffee stand. Ryan, saying: "I just started a sentence and she finished it," then noticed the coffee guy. "Good morning again!" he said, politely continuing: "It's good to have you back!"

The masked coffee guy is now the talk of the town in the comments section. "Kelly, just a little Hi to the coffee guy. That helps a person's day start off great!" one fan wrote. Another angrily said:

"I was wondering the same thing! Kelly should say good morning as well! 🤔," with yet another user writing:

"Introduce/interview the guy you walk pass.😢"

Why Did Ryan Say Hi, And Kelly Didn't?

Ryan Seacrest smiles in PJs and sneakers

Meanwhile, one fan was out to compare the two co-hosts:

"Why does usually only Ryan acknowledge, and say good morning to the coffee bar guy? 🤔"

Their comment didn't go ignored. Those regularly tuning in wasted no time in backing mom of three Kelly – the star might have a $20 million-a-year salary, but she does regularly stop to say hi to the backstage crew. Kelly's no snob.

"Do you watch these clips regularly? Kelly frequently stops and has conversations with the Barista," a fan added.

Fans Call Out No Masks Despite Dramatic Return Photo

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest in hazmat suits on stage

Interestingly, Kelly and Mark couldn't have been more masked-up as they marked their big set return this month, "Breaking Bad"-style – while the twosome appeared on Instagram in full hazmat suits, latex gloves, and World War II-style gas masks, there's been a no-mask situation backstage, something that sparks complaints on a daily basis.

"Why aren’t you guys wearing your masks?" a fan asked, with their thought echoed by another simply writing: "Masks???"

For the record, Kelly and Ryan are sitting at least six feet apart on-set: to the point where a split-visual had to be whipped up by a producer to make them look side-by-side.

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