Ripa later discussed the family's decision to stay put during a virtual town hall with ABC employees moderated by Sandy Kenyon in May.
"We had planned a trip for our family, and it was supposed to be our entire family of course," said Ripa, according to a source at the meeting. "And we arrive and three days later, the entire world changed, really. I mean, everything shut down; the government shut down; our country shut down. I hate to use the word stuck, but we were. We decided to stay where we were."
Ripa has since been filming Live with Kelly and Ryan remotely, with members of her family appearing in several episodes.
In March, daughter Lola made a cameo on the daytime talk show and opened up about “being under lockdown” with her parents.
"Um … it’s honestly not as bad as I thought," the teenager, who just finished her freshman year at New York University, said. “I think we’re all just very lucky to be together at home, all of us. A lot more family time, which is great.”
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When asked if she’s learned or discovered anything new about her siblings or parents since being home again, Lola was stumped, joking that she had blocked her family’s behavior out and it’s all now flooding back to her.
“I don’t know,” she said. “They do weird things all the time, so it’s not anything new. I’m remembering everything I forgot at college!”
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