SALT LAKE CITY — "Grey's Anatomy" star Ellen Pompeo is coming to Kelly Ripa’s defense this week after Ripa upset the creators of “The Bachelor” by saying the show “disgusts” her.
On Tuesday’s episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” Ripa took aim at “The Bachelor,” saying, “Guys, you know how I feel about this show. It disgusts me.
“I thought that I was disgusted because I couldn’t stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one ordinary fella. … You know how I feel, ladies: We are too special to be arguing over a guy.”
Ripa’s comments were not received quietly by show creators.
Both “Live with Kelly and Ryan” and “The Bachelor” are owned by ABC.
But Pompeo, who stars on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," jumped to Ripa’s defense Thursday, tweeting at Fleiss, “Your show does NOT pay @KellyRipa salary. Also we don’t attack successful women on our network and men certainly cannot take credit for their success. Don’t get me started on your show cuz I’m a savage....#bachelorsoooowhite.”
Pompeo’s comments have prompted a new wave of support for Ripa and criticism against Fleiss.
“Another dude trying to take credit for the success of a talented, hard-working woman,” @AliciaAnnSEA tweeted at Fleiss.
“THE ENTIRE BACHELOR FRANCHISE IS GROSS AND MISOGYNISTIC AND UNNECESSARILY PITS WOMEN AGAINST EACH OTHER,” one fan tweeted.
“Thank you for speaking out,” @themightyscribe tweeted at Pompeo. “And thank you Kelly Ripa for saying what many of us women have long thought.”Comment on this story
Hannah Brown, the current star of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” told Ripa and co-host Ryan Seacrest Tuesday, “Like you, I didn't really follow the show, wasn't a big fan … But, being a part of the show, it's not women fighting against each other. Really, some of my best friends came from the show and were really supportive. When you have a group of 30 people together, there's going to be people who don't like each other. That's simple facts.
"But, ultimately, it was one of the most empowering things that I ever have done because I had to push myself and grow as an individual," she continued. "And I did. And I think that's why I decided that I wanted to be 'The Bachelorette' and wanted that so bad."