Dr. Lillian Glass Gives Body Language Analysis of Kelly Rippa on Michael Strahan’s Last Day


Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan during their last episode together
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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:


Tina Fey- The Real Mean Girl Who’s Shaming Famed Dermatologist May Have Lead to His Death

Tina Fey’s humor of making fun of others is not funny. It is Toxic, cruel and mean. . Based on what happened with famed dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt, she owes his heirs and apology and needs to be held accountable for her actions.

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Apparently she created a character in her netflix show called the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt that was poking fun at the 65 year old smooth skinned, tanned, platinum haired dermatologist  with a hyperarticulate high pitched voice named Dr. Franff, ( a play on his name Dr. Brandt) played by Martin Short.  When the NY Post brought the similarity between the fictional and the real character to light in an article last month, the doctor felt humiliated. He told friends and colleagues that he was devastated by this portrayal of him. In fact his PR agent Lesley Abravanel shared this tweet about how devastated Fr. Brandt felt over the comparisons on Tina Fey’s show.

Though Abravanel suggests that Dr Franff is a protagonist on the show, Martin Short's character only appeared in one episode of the first season

It was too much for the doctor to take and he committed suicide at his home in Coral Gables, Florida.

Television personality Kelly Ripa and Dr. Frederic Brandt attend Dr. Fredric Brandt's SiriusXM launch event at SiriusXM Studio on September 26, 2011

The news of this doctors death and his public humiliation is devastating. Here is a  bona fide physician who spent years in medical school and in a residency, who built up a top notch dermatology practice in Miami and in NY of A list clients like Madonna,  model Stephanie Seymour, talks show host Kelly Rippa, fashion designer  Marc Jacobs, and so many others,  as well as developing his own brand of collagen booster,only to be publicly humiliated  and  ‘devastated’ by unflattering comparisons to Dr Franff on the show Kimmy Schmidt.

Allegedy the doctor had suffered from issues of depression in the past but  many believe that this public humiliation  by Tina Fey must have pushed him over the edge.  Sadly he died alone and was discovered by his maid at his Miami mansion.

This type of mean humor to poke fun at someone’s appearance, the way they speak no longer works in this day and age. neither does humor of race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. Years ago this type of humor was prevalent and tolerated but it is no longer the case. The Don Rickles, Joan Rivers and now Tina Fey type of humor where people are made fun of  because of their looks, ethnicity,  or demeanor is not tolerated. Prior to her death, Joan Rivers was called out for calling Michelle Obama a tranny and rightfully so. Jamine Fox was also called out for his jokes making fun of Bruce Jenner’s transsexuality.

This type of humor is mean spirited and should not be tolerated or encouraged. There are consequences to making fun of people, which is  essence  a form of  bullying them. That is what Tina Fey did to Dr. Brandt. This type of “humor” can push people over the edge like it did with the famed dermatologist. Monica Lewinsky even spoke about how she was close to ending her life after constantly hearing jokes about her.