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If there's one thing that working moms hate, it's hearing about celebrity moms who "do it all." You know those slim, toned, well-dressed stars who juggle their flashy Hollywood careers with their perfect children (in their own, pint-sized designer clothes)? "She probably has three nannies," you say. "With a personal trainer, personal chef and personal assistant, I'd be the perfect mom, too."
Now, the always-chipper Kelly Ripa is about to wedge another TV show into her busy schedule, though we're pleased by her honesty about how difficult it can be. Ripa's life is already demanding: She's a cohost on ABC's Live with Regis and Kelly, has three kids (Michael, 13, Lola, 9, and Joaquin, 7), makes TV commercials, all while managing a consistent exercise routine. And yet Ripa and her husband, Mark Consuelos, are now also in the process of co-writing and producing Port Love -- an ABC sitcom about life behind the scenes at a TV show. Consuelos will star, and Ripa will play a recurring role. So far, there's no mention of Ripa leaving her morning TV gig.
Of course, Ripa has done double duty before, co-hosting Live with Regis and Kelly in the morning and appearing once a week on three seasons of the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith. And she and Consuelos have been working on several TV projects together through their production company, Milogo Productions. One of them, Homemade Millionaire (TLC, Fridays, 10 p.m. ET), is a reality show for aspiring female entrepreneurs that premieres on Nov. 19.
Still, it's hard to be mad at the seemingly perfect Ripa, who, in actuality, wears quite a bit of mom guilt on her sleeve. "When I'm at work, I'm remembering what I forgot to do for the kids and when I'm with the kids, I'm remembering what I forgot to do at work," she recently told Good Housekeeping. Plus, all of her kids are now in school, so you can't complain that she's leaving them with a nanny.
And she's refreshingly candid about what she lacks: "Sleeping is not something I do a lot of," Ripa said. Now that's something we can all relate to.
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