KELLY RIPA THROWS SUBTLE SHADE DURING MICHAEL STRAHAN’S FINAL SHOW, SAYS BODY-LANGUAGE EXPERT
Exaggerated perkiness, distancing postures and a lack of eye contact: Ripa’s body language “leaked out her animosity” during her co-host’s farewell episode of ‘Live! With Kelly and Michael.’ Expert Lillian Glass, PhD, breaks down the telltale signs.
Drama, drama, drama. That’s one way to describe the happenings during the last few weeks on Live! With Kelly and Michael. It started on April 19 when it came to light that co-host Michael Strahan and ABC and Good Morning America producers hadreportedly been planning for months for him to depart the duo-led daytime show and join GMA full time in the fall, without Ripa’s knowledge. Strahan co-hosted his last episode ofLive! on Friday, May 13, and though Ripa — who missed several tapings following news of the former football star’s exit breaking mere minutes after she was informed — gushed during the champagne toast, her body language communicated feelings that were quite the opposite. Saysbody-language expert Lillian Glass, PhD: “While she may try to be a good actor and disguise her true feelings, the body doesn’t lie, as it leaked out her animosity.” In short: Strahan probably shouldn’t expect a holiday card from the Consuelos-Ripa clan this year. Below, the five ways Ripa indicated she is still seriously miffed and hasn’t quite moved on.
Pointed perkiness and courtliness: From the moment Kelly Ripa steps out in front of Michael Strahan, she is far too bouncy and acting as though she is happy. Ripa further compensates by acting like the “gentleman,” pushing in his chair in a reversal of the normal routine between the two, indicating that she is taking control of the situation.
Overt friendship gesture, covert drawing away: She displays a phoniness as she puts her arm around Strahan under the guise of friendship, but her body tells the real truth as she leans her torso back. He knows it is fake, as he purses his lips in discomfort and holds on to himself in order to contain himself during this awkward moment. Ripa keeps her arm around his shoulder, which clearly makes Strahan feel more uncomfortable. You can see the tension in his face.
Uncontrollable minimizing: Ripa’s discomfort seems to leak out as she says the phrase, “another day,” as though she is calling Strahan’s departure just another day on the job. She seems to be bracing herself to keep calm and control her emotions. The joke Ripa cracks about the coffee cups becoming “discounted merchandise” is a clear dig, which Strahan corrects in a quick pivot by calling the cup a “collectors’ item.”
Done, done, done, done signals: Another sign of how she really feels about him and the situation occurs when Ripa asks if Strahan is excited about his new gig. She hunches way over as she takes a sip of her coffee and avoids eye contact during his response.
Style cue: Another poignant sign of Ripa’s disdain is that the fashion plate, who normally favors bright Diane von Furstenberg pieces and colorful Dolce & Gabbana or Roland Mouret frocks, is dressed in a simple black dress. Subconsciously, she is saying that she is mourning the Kelly and Michael show.
Even though Ripa seems to be trying to make nice, viewers can feel the overall tension. When Strahan gives his heartfelt goodbye speech and says that Ripa changed his life, she surprises the audience by merely saying, “I know.” Balling her hand up in a fist as she says farewell shows her anger. In stark contrast to the pair’s first show together on September 14, 2012, when they couldn’t stop touching one another, here’s one final stilted moment in which they can’t even bring themselves to look at one another during their last show together:
Queen Elizabeth arrived at the Windsor Castle for her 90th Birthday in a horse-drawn carriage, accompanied by Prince Philip. As soon as she stepped out of the carriage she was met by her son Prince Charles who bowed as she walked towards him. In the background, behind Charles waited Charle’s wife Camilla.
Charles approached the Queen and grabbed her hand and then kissed it. The Queen looked very happy to see her son as you can see by her genuine smile with raised cheeks, squinted eyes and display of teeth showing.
Then Charles kissed his mother on the Cheek and as he did this she appeared as though she too were reciprocating in terms of giving a kiss as her lips looked pursed. Then Camilla walked up to the Queen and the Queen’s facial expression changed abruptly.
The Queen looks down and completely ignores Camilla.
It is as though the Queen couldn’t wait to get away from Camilla as Camilla tries to approach her. She appeared cold and completely ignored Camilla as she walked past her.
The Queen appears to have a rather tense look around Camilla. In fact it looks as though she was gritting her teeth at having to be in Camilla’s presence. Camilla stared at the Queen and smiled in hopes of some recognition or acknowledgement, but the Queen continued to ignore Camilla.
The Press got it completely wrong when they plastered a photo of Obama looking like he is making a peace sign at the Nuclear Security Summit. At first glance one would think that the President of the United States has lost it. They would think that gesture was completely inappropriate and unbecoming of a President, who appears to be the only one making such as gesture in the formal photo with other world leaders.
But after watching the video of this photo session, you can clearly see that Obama was NOT making the peace sign. Instead he was letting the photographer know that two more people were coming. That is why he held up fingers. In fact his mouth was open in the photo, indicating that he was speaking.You can even see in the phot oabove that Obama is turning to someone ( like the photographer) and speaking to them.
Then the press focuses in on the UK Prime Minister David Cameron a who looks like he is shooting Obama a dirty look. This is not the case as well. His facial expression does not show anger. he is simply looking to see who is missing from the photo based on what Obama said. There is no body language facial expression to indicate that he is angry or annoyed as the press mentioned.
Likewise, there is no angry expression on Italy’s Prime Minister,Matteo Renzi’s face. Yet the press stated that he was angry with Obama as well.
Then inside the meeting, the Press made it seem as though David Cameron was very angry at Obama. But if you examine the photo Obama is pointing his finger at someone to the side of Cameron and Cameron is not involved in that interaction. Cameron is merely looking ahead. His red face is not due to anger, but to some color he received while vacationing in Lazarote in the Canary islands. Cameron seems to be focused on what is ahead of him, not what is occurring to the side of him.
This is why having an untrained journalist instead of a trained body language expert interpreting body language of world leaders can be dangerous.
Amanda Carpenter, who is at the center of the Ted Cruz Sex Scandal, has made the rounds on TV in an attempt to clear her name. But what is her communication and body language really saying? Is she being forthright? Is she telling the truth that she did not have an affair with Ted Cruz? Is she lying?
It seems that her appearances may have done her more harm than good based on her on-camera delivery, in my view. What she should have done was to look directly at CNN’s Jake Tapper, her interviewer, and emphatically say that she did not have an affair and leave it at that. But instead, she did way too much explaining and went off on tangents, which may have done more self-damage by perhaps making people more skeptical of her.
As she looks down, she squinches her forehead as she says he has been 100 percent faithful to her husband. But she says this in a monotone devoid of emotion.To sound more credible, in my view, she needed to look directly at Tapper and not look down or away.
Then she finally looks up and says that there is nothing more important to her than being a good wife and a good mother. She says this in a staccato tone, which tended to make her sound a little too defensive.
When Jake Tapper asks her about the sports jacket she was wearing and it being the same jacket that Cruz was wearing, she seemed to be flustered by this question as she once again looks down and while breaking eye contact with Tapper. She also shrugs her shoulders (often regarded as a signal of deception) and blames it on conspiracy theories.
Had she looked directly Tapper in the eye and said that she was cold and Cruz gave her his jacket to wear, that may have put an end to speculation about the two. But she did not do that. Instead, she was flustered and continued to sound defensive. Then she gets testy in her tone as she says she can’t understand why the Trump campaign is doing this and how no other campaign would touch this kind of stuff. This is the first time she displays any negative emotion.
By deflecting blame on Trump, she once again makes one wonder if indeed something personal was going on with her and Cruz. She needed to sound more direct and state her truth in a more powerful tone to add to her credibility.
As she says it’s really a conspiracy theory, she shakes her head “no” perhaps indicating that she may perhaps subconsciously know that it may not be a conspiracy theory as she verbally stated.
She also does a lot of “uptalk,” where her inflection goes up at the end of sentences. This can often make others question whether what she is saying is true as she denies any personal involvement with Cruz. She says this with the phrases “defending myself” which makes her sound tentative as though she is asking a question and is insecure about what she is saying.
Then she tries to take the oneness off of her and encourages people to look at the broader aspect of the campaign. She says “there is toxic culture” and “go into it with both eyes open and not be afraid to confront it.” In making this statement, she is attempting to take the attention off of herself and deflect it outward. She also wanted Trump to put a stop to this but said she was disheartened when Trump said that the National Enquirer got it right before. In essence, she was upset that Trump didn’t come to her defense.
When Tapper asked her if she was going to take any legal action she leaked out “I talked to” and then immediately changed her rhetoric by saying she wanted to get through this and protect her reputation, her career and her family. Then she mumbled out something that sounded like ” I’ll continue to talking to lawyers.” So it seems that she is looking into taking legal action concerning this matter. It is clear that she doesn’t want this incident to hurt her career. But the fact that she is out front on the national pages may have helped her career. No one knew who Amanda Carpenter was before this scandal. This may have helped her career by putting her on the map. Who knows, she may even get her own show after this scandal. After all, look how well Kim Kardashian did after her scandal.
It is clear that she doesn’t want this incident to hurt her career. But the fact that she is out front on the national pages, ironically may have helped her career. No one knew who Amanda Carpenter was before this scandal. This may have helped her career by putting her on the map. Who knows, she may even get her own show after this scandal. After all, look how well Kim Kardashian did after her own sex scandal.
Whether or not Amanda had an affair with Cruz is only something she and Cruz know for sure. So one cannot accuse her of having an affair if there is no proof or actual witnesses. But one can definitely say that she did not come across very well in her interview. Therefore, she may have created more doubt in the minds of the public, based on her performance.
Personally, I believe she needs to lay low and not do further damage to herself by appearing on camera for a while. Then she needs to reinvent herself and get back out there after this scandal dies down, where she is not a part of the news, but rather reporting the news.
It seems that Donald Trump is being criticized by the media for attacking Ted Cruz’ wife’s looks. But what the media doesn’t mention is that Cruz started this whole debacle by doing a campaign ad where he showed Trump’s wife n a sexy pose done years ago when she was a top model.Cruz’ headline read ” Meet Melania Trump Your Next First Lady.”
Then on the bottom of the ad Cruz says ”
“or you can Support Ted Cruz on Tuesday” as you see in the above photo. It was Cruz’ attempt to take a punch at Trump via his wife indicating that she was a woman of loose morals to pose provocatively in this photo.
In essence Cruz was attempting to pander to the evangelicals who may take offense with this pose. But what Cruz didn’t expect was that his Toxic plan backfired on him as his opponent certainly had something to say about his wife Melania being put up for ridicule in his political opponent’s campaign ad. It should also be noted that Melania’s photo occurred close to a decade ago before she was Mrs. Donald Trump.
So in defense of his wife and to express his displeasure, Donald tweeted “Lyin Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a GQ shoot in his ad. Angered, Trump then went on to warn Ted Cruz to be careful or that he would spill the beans about his wife.
What Trump was most likely referring to was the above headline which indicates that a police officer found Heidi Cruz sitting on an expressway with her head in her hands. Perhaps she may have been having some type of mental breakdown at the time, which was 10 years go. So if Cruz was going to bring up Melania’s photo from 10 years ago, Trump decided that he too, would bring up something from Heidi’s past.
Then Trump decided against “spilling the beans” about Heidi’s issues and just put up a photo of Heidi along side of Melania. What Trump was really saying was that his wife is more beautiful. The meme received a lot of criticism because it was a bad photo of Heidi Cruz, while it was a good photo of Melania in repose.
Then Cruz had the audacity to cry to the press that Donald was awful. Cruz then displayed false bravado and toughness he said” no one messes with my wife or my kids.” If Cruz wanted wives off limits then he shouldn’t have started with Melania un the first place.
In essence, it showed his true character, It showed that of someone who was an Instigator- one of the 30 types of Toxic Terrors I discuss in my best -selling book Toxic People.
Ted Cruz was willing to dish it out and start the dispute. But when someone fought back, Cruz acted Toxic and cried that this was unfair and how mean Donald was being by insulting his wife. Cruze was the one who insulted Melania. It was childish and immature and speaks volumes about his lack of character in this situation.
So Donald Trump retweeted photos of his wife and Heidi Cruz, using a more flattering photo of Heidi, which showed they were both attractive women. This was his gesture and way of wanting to stop the feud and lay off any wife criticism.
But in this entire feud where so many have commented and have pointed a finger at Donald trump, most have failed to realize or recognize that it was Cruz who started it all by first posting a provocative photo of Melania with an equally provocative headline and caption. That is what I wanted to point that out in this blog.
Once again, as a journalist and body language expert who regularly appears in the press to provide my expertise, I want to remind my readers that this blog is not a political statement towards one candidate or another. I remain objective in my reporting and observations.
Today I woke up to the news that there was a suicide bombing at the American Airlines Desk at the Brussels airport and at one of the city’s metro stations, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens.The suicide bomber left behind the chilling scene of splattered blood in the departure lounge as windows were blown out, ceilings collapsed and travelers streamed out of the smoky building. About an hour later, another bomb exploded on a rush-hour subway train near the European Union headquarters.
Terrified passengers had to evacuate through darkened tunnels to safety. In light of these latest horrible events, there is no question that people need to know how they can protect themselves. That is why they must arm themselves with the knowledge of what to look for in terms of those who may commit these terrorist acts of violence. This is why I urge everyone to read the book Body Language Of Terrorists http://www.amazon.com/Body-Language-Terrorists-yourself-potential/dp/1929873484 Continue reading