Kelly Ripa shared a never-before-told story about how her mother was convinced when she was a child that she would be abducted and forced into porn if she ever went to New York City.
The Live! With Kelly and Ryan co-host, 51, spoke with pal Anderson Cooper on Thursday while discussing her new book, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories, at Symphony Space in New York City. Her dreams of the Big Apple started when she was around 7 years old after her grandfather took her to see a film set in the city.
But her New Jersey-based parents, Joseph and Esther, were not particularly enthusiastic about their daughter's plans.
"My parents were like, 'New York City? You'll be killed. You'll be kidnapped," Ripa recalled.
According to Esther, now 81: "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."
"I didn't know what that was. I was like, 'Junk in my arm?'" she told Cooper, 54, about her youthful ignorance to the slang term for heroin.
But Esther kept going, describing how vague city people would "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!"
Anecdotes like this are just some of the tea that Ripa spills in Live Wire, which was released on Tuesday.