KELLY Ripa ripped into Ryan Seacrest and his ‘insecurities’ live on the air, after their conversation focused on kids.
The Live host, who doesn’t have any children, stumbled as he tried to make a point to his co-host.
On Friday’s show, Ryan, 47, brought up the fact that 1 in 4 pet owners refer to their pets as their children.
So naturally, he asked Kelly, who is a mother-of-three, what she does.
But the unmarried Ryan stumbled as he tried to phrase the question.
“Do you call your pets your little baby?” he asked, before verbally tripping over himself. “You have kids, so maybe you don’t. I don’t have kids, so I call my dogs my little baby.”
Kelly deadpanned in response: “No, I call my dogs my dogs and my children my children.”
To which Ryan fired back: “Don’t act like it’s so strange!”
“I’m not acting like it’s so strange, you asked me a question and I answered it,” Kelly countered. “Don’t project your insecurity onto me!”
That caused the studio audience to erupt in laughter.
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Even Ryan got a chuckle after the slam.
“Oh, there’s a lot of insecurity coming your way,” Ryan replied with a grin. “I’m just getting started.”
Ryan may also be ready to get started on having some rugrats of his own.
During a segment on the September 6 episode, he revealed that it is “about time” he has some.
While discussing their summer vacations during the show’s season premier, Ryan had a “big revelation.”
“Going into the trip, I thought, you know what, it’s about time for me to have kids,” the host said.
A silence fell over the set and then Kelly laughed at him.
“It is, right?” he asked someone off-set.
It wasn’t the first time he’s teased fatherhood.
The longtime American Idol host has confessed to wanting kids as early as last Halloween on his radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest.
He said: “It was weird because you know Halloween changed me. I said a few weeks ago I’m not so into it and then I saw some of my friends’ kids get excited about it and then I see my niece.
“And she’s so beautiful and then I see you,[Sisanie], [with] twins, and I see how happy you are, and I would never in a million years — actually if you asked me when I was 40 a few years ago ‘Do you want kids?’ [I’d say] ‘I don’t know’ — and now, all of a sudden, all I can think about is, ‘Wow, how do I do that? I’m getting older.
Adding: “What are the options?”
The popular host has never been married but has dated a few celebrities in the past.
Currently, he’s been in a lengthy relationship with 24-year-old model Aubrey Paige
Ryan and Aubrey started dating in 2021 and they tend to keep their relationship private.
Prior to her career, she obtained an associate’s degree in fashion marketing from Austin Community College, according to Heavy.
According to her Instagram bio, she is signed to Genetics Model Management.
Aubrey’s first big campaign was with Dick’s Sporting Goods, which she posted on Facebook.
She also posts about her relationship, writing on New Year’s Eve that the best part of 2021 was “meeting the most incredible man,” alongside photos of her and Ryan.