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This is the reason I like Kelly Ripa: she told me last night at the Broadway premiere of “The Normal Heart” that her kids don’t watch TV, share a family computer, don’t play video games. Her eldest, Michael, who’s 13, has a part time job in a local shop doing re-stocking. “Michael says, Mom, I’m a dork, and I tell him: one day you will thank me for this.” She’s right, and more parents should follow this example. Kelly was with husband Mark Consuelos; they got their in-laws to babysit. You rarely see them out at night.

Kelly is not at all sure what’s she going to do when Regis Philbin leaves their show next November 18th. Anderson Cooper is out because he has his own syndicated show. And Mark? “That would be like talking to myself,” Kelly said. “He ignores me already.” So it does seem like the affable Consuelos will remain a pinch hitter. I also asked Kelly about the demise of her alma mater, “All My Children.” She gasped with grief. So you get the idea.

Most of “The Normal Heart” party at the Supper Club was concentrated on Ellen Barkin, who received the best reviews of her life in this performance. She’s also received a special award from the Outer Critics Circle. “It’s an easy play to do,” Barkin told me. “I can muster that rage on this issue,” she said, meaning AIDS. She and her agent, Kevin Huvane, did tell me that Ellen had to be forced to take this part. “I cried, too,” she said. Believe it or not, it’s her Broadway debut. But after last night Barkin can write her own ticket on Broadway. So it was a good move.

Besides Huvane, Barkin brought her kids and her pal, young director Sam Levinson, whose Sundance film “Another Happy Day” she produced. Does this eccentric family drama with Barkin, Demi Moore and Thomas Haden Church have a distributor, I asked Levinson? “It does,” he said, but didn’t elaborate.

Lots of other celebs at “The Normal Heart,” including Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, who came to support their pal, actor John Benjamin Hickey. Patty Clarkson turned up with BFF Amy Ryan, but missed seeing the play’s nominal star, Joe Mantello, when she walked Ryan outside to get a cab.

My favorite encounter: seeing Janet McTeer, the much awarded and famed British actress, star here of “Tumbleweeds,” “A Doll’s House,” and “Mary Stuart.” If McTeer put her mind to it, she could win Tonys and Oscars every year. But she’s English, you know, and “we don’t care about awards,” she reminded me. Oh pish posh. In case you’re wondering, Janet just shot a Fox pilot called “Welcome to Bellevue.”

“I told my mother I play the head of the psychiatric ward, and she said, That’s a good role for you. I don’t know if that was a compliment or not,” McTeer told me. In case you were wondering, McTeer’s been stateside a lot lately. She has a nice boyfriend whom she met during the run of “Mary Stuart.” They go up to Maine on the weekends–the same weekends when she could be winning awards!


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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
5 replies to this post
  1. I agree with Louis she’s putting on a persona about her parenting & I think she should leave the whole Penn st thing alone . I feel for mrs patterno in the last years of her life without the no. 1 person in her one time on this earth

  2. I like Kelly, but she is too skinny. She looked so much healthier on AMC than she does now. And what is the attraction to her husband? He cannot act his way out of a paper bag-is he the house husband? She will eventually get tired of paying all the bills and although I am not a psychic, I can see them eventually getting divorced. I think she can do so much better-Mark just happened to latch onto the cash cow.

  3. I ♥ Kelly Ripa. I saw her (about ten years ago) at a Sears re-opening, and she was so gracious and accommodating to the autograph seekers.

    Speaking of gracious, there are few more gracious than Janet McTeer. ♥ Another lady who is very open and friendly to her fans.

  4. I simply adore Kelly Ripa. She is just as darling personally as she is on television. AND, her husband is fine, so there you go. :)

  5. love kelly but don’t believe her kids watch no tv and do any normal things kids do…..what a crock.why do celeberties have to be such phonies all the time. always trying to impress people. get a grip kelly gees.

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