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Kelly Ripa Reveals She Still Struggles with Being On-Camera: 'It's Painful'

Kelly Ripa Reveals She Still Struggles with Being On-Camera: 'It's Painful'

Kelly Ripa is getting candid.

The 50-year-old television personality first got her start on the long-running soap All My Children before becoming a full-time talk show host in 2001.

Kelly spoke with Bethenny Frankel on an episode of her podcast Just B and revealed that despite over a decade in the entertainment industry, she still finds it challenging to be on-screen.

Click inside to read what she said…

“I’ve been saying that it’s time to ‘fold ‘em’ for 20 years. For 20 years I’ve been saying, ‘I can’t do it anymore. I can’t do it. I’m too old for this crap. I need to find another career. I need to get off camera.’ I’ve been saying that forever,” Kelly said.

“Being in front of the camera is not something I’ve ever enjoyed. I’m not very comfortable. I always say I could do my job for 200 years if it didn’t happen on camera,” she continued.

Bethenny asked if she was worried about the way she looked or if she was just uncomfortable with the attention and Kelly replied, “All of that! I don’t like the attention, I don’t go to parties, I don’t go to Hollywood events. I don’t do any of that stuff. I would rather buy clothes than have to ask to borrow anything. It’s painful.”

“I don’t love being on camera,” she added later in the conversation. “It’s never been something that fed me in any sort of egotistical way. I find my own voice grating, so I apologize to your listeners if they’re like, ‘This is nails on a chalkboard.’ I feel you.”

Kelly also said that she feels like she’s somewhat polarizing to audiences, but that was an inevitable effect of being authentic on camera.

“I don’t think you can work in any field in entertainment and not be polarizing. It’s one thing I learned right away. And I’m taking the acting off the table – I’m talking about being yourself, which very few people actually are,” she said. “I am myself. You may not like it, it may not be for you, but here’s the good news: It’s always the same,” she said.

Kelly and her husband Mark Consuelos recently some details about how they approach their marriage.

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