Kelly Ripa Addresses Near Wardrobe Malfunction In Slit Dress

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Rebecca Cukier

Kelly Ripa's near-oops moment came with a risky outcome, but the 51-year-old talk show queen knew exactly how to respond as millions watched her nearly flash too much this week. The Live! With Kelly and Ryan host made headlines in a recent set video, one showing the blonde pulling off a stunning and floral-print dress, but with a leggy slit and Kelly in high heels, there was room for a malfunction.

Kelly, who had to yank her dress just in time, has since addressed the moment.

Stunning Leggy Dress Shows Kelly's Figure Off

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Scroll for the video, one shared on the syndicated talk series' Instagram. Kelly, who has hosted Live! since 2001, was joined by 46-year-old co-host Ryan Seacrest and 2021-commenced DJ Deja Vu.

Flaunting her tiny waist in a white-and-blue and rather summery floral Reformation dress, the former sitcom star pulled off all kinds of confidence as she danced her way towards the desk, also rocking high heels as she flashed her legs via the thigh-slit dress. A slit that high comes with a risk, though.

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All good looks and with her blonde hair down, the mom of three was seen approaching the desk, where a moment did see her quickly pull down a rising slit - it was brief, but Kelly had clearly used her muscle memory to yank down the fabrics and avoid an exposing moment. The fitted dress, which boasted long sleeves and waist-cinched finish was, otherwise, flawless as usual

"Tune in now! (Dress is Reformation)," a caption read. See Kelly's reply after the video.

Laughing It Off

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Kelly, known for her sense of humor and this year making headlines for that cheeky swimsuit bend-over as she celebrates her long-term marriage to 50-year-old husband Mark Consuelos, seemed to laugh the whole thing off. The Persona Nutrition face said: "It is let your leg slit rise all the way up day."

Reformation is likely having the last laugh, though, as fans eye up the $248 Carolena dress - slightly more affordable than the Gucci/Prada looks Kelly often rocks while delighting viewers.

Quitting 'Live'?

Kelly made headlines last year both for turning 50 and opening up to Parade about what she might do next. No confirmation of her leaving Live! was made, but she did say:

“I’ve been writing a lot, so my goal ultimately would be to eventually get off camera and start working behind the camera more in that creative aspect because I really do enjoy the writing process so much." Kelly has been absent on the series this year, but largely for personal and family reasons.

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