Ripa, Hubby Deny Split Rumors

Couple demands tabloid retraction

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 4, 2008 7:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos firmly denied break-up rumors, saying that the National Enquirer has “reached a new low,” E! Online reports. The tabloid ran a story claiming Consuelos, who snagged a correspondent spot on Oprah this year, has decided to set up shop permanently in Chicago and has other women on the side. The couple’s attorney demanded a retraction, calling the story “ridiculous.”

Actor Mark Consuelos and TV personality Kelly Ripa attend the premiere of 'Cadillac Records' at the AMC Loews 19th Street theater on December 1, 2008 in New York City.
Actor Mark Consuelos and TV personality Kelly Ripa attend the premiere of 'Cadillac Records' at the AMC Loews 19th Street theater on December 1, 2008 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
TV personality Kelly Ripa and husband actor Mark Consuelos attend the 29th anniversary of the Cartier holiday bow celebration at the Cartier Mansion on November 24, 2008 in New York City.
TV personality Kelly Ripa and husband actor Mark Consuelos attend the 29th anniversary of the Cartier holiday bow celebration at the Cartier Mansion on November 24, 2008 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
TV personality/actress Kelly Ripa and husband actor Mark Consuelos attend a party to celebrate Kelly Ripa's Hamptons magazine cover at the Empire Hotel on July 2, 2008 in New York City.
TV personality/actress Kelly Ripa and husband actor Mark Consuelos attend a party to celebrate Kelly Ripa's Hamptons magazine cover at the Empire Hotel on July 2, 2008 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
Actors Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa pose with their children Michael Joseph and Lola Grace at the premiere of Shrek The Third at Clearview Chelsea West Cinemas May 14, 2007 in New York City.
Actors Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa pose with their children Michael Joseph and Lola Grace at the premiere of Shrek The Third at Clearview Chelsea West Cinemas May 14, 2007 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
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You published this nonsense despite having been told beforehand that it was a lie.
- Michael P. Zweig, attorney for the couple

[The story] represents little more than a cynical and malicious attempt to boost flagging circulation, and to trade off of the good reputation, image and deserved celebrity of my clients. - Michael P. Zweig, attorney for the couple

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