Kelly Ripa's mother once warned her that she could be kidnapped, drugged, and in porn if she moved to NYC

Kelly Ripa at the Haute Living celebration for her memoir "Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories."
Ripa's memoir "Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories" was released on Thursday.Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images
  • On Thursday, Kelly Ripa shared a never-before-told story from her childhood with Anderson Cooper.

  • According to Ripa, her mom warned that she would be "killed" or "kidnapped" if she moved to NYC.

  • The moment stuck with then-7-year-old Ripa, and she shares more in her memoir, "Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories."

"Live! With Kelly and Ryan" host Kelly Ripa shared a childhood story in conversation with Anderson Cooper about her new memoir "Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories" on Thursday.

Ripa divulged that she dreamed of living in New York City when her grandfather took her to visit a film set at the age of 7, according to People. The New Jersey native was met with negative reactions from her parents expressing her desire to move to the big city.

"My parents were like, 'New York City? You'll be killed. You'll be kidnapped," Ripa recalled. Her now 81-year-old mother Esther Ripa reportedly told her, "These girls like you [are] coming off the bus and they chloroform them … They chloroform you and then they drag you into the bathroom. And they chloroform you, and they put junk in your arm."

Kelly Ripa at SiriusXM's Town Hall hosted by Andy Cohen.
Kelly Ripa walks the red carpet at SiriusXM's Town Hall in September 2022.Cindy Ord/Getty Images

According to Ripa, her mother said people from New York "get you hooked on junk. And they'll cut your hair so you're unrecognizable to your parents. And the next thing you're in porn!"

Ripa spoke with Insider about the "self-loathing" experience of writing a memoir and what's next after the book release. The talk-show host was candid about wanting to take up adventure with her husband, "Riverdale" actor Mark Consuelos. She also hopes to spend more time behind the scenes.

"I've never really enjoyed being on camera, but it's the only way I could figure out to make a living. Now that I've done that and I'm in a place of more comfortable stability, I'd like to back away and maybe get on the more creative off-camera side," she told Insider's Olivia Singh.

Ripa's memoir touches on her relationship with long-time husband Consuelos, health scares, and her experience hosting "Live!" with the late Regis Philbin.

"Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories," was released Thursday.

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