'Bachelorette' Hannah Brown 'Loves' Kelly Ripa, Despite Host Slamming 'The Bachelor' Franchise as 'Disgusting'

Bachelorette star Hannah Brown hasn't addressed Kelly Ripa's recent hostile comments about the Bachelor franchise directly. But during an interview with Variety published Wednesday, she still named the TV host as one of her inspirations.

“I love TV and I think it would be cool to be a host one day. I always said that I wanted to be a mix between Ellen [DeGeneres] and Kelly [Ripa],” Brown said. “I mean, Kelly might not have the same feelings for me, but I love Kelly Ripa and what she's done.”

Ripa rehashed her less-than-favorable opinion on the Bachelor franchise earlier this month on Live With Kelly and Ryan, saying the show "disgusts" her.

"You know how I feel about this show. It disgusts me," Ripa said at the time. "I thought that I was disgusted because I couldn't stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one ordinary fella, in my opinion."

"You know how I feel, ladies! We are too special to be arguing over a guy," she added.

Bachelor producer Mike Fleiss and host Chris Harrison joined in on the conversation, alluding that the TV host should watch what she says because the reality franchise "pays [her] salary."

"Look out #BachelorNation ⁦@KellyRipa⁩ is coming after you and your 'disgusting' Monday night habit," Harrison added.

"Easy, @KellyRipa ... #TheBachelor franchise pays your salary," Fleiss tweeted at the time.

Following the producer's comment, many came alongside Ripa, saying Fleiss was "out of line," including Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo.

"Okay @fleissmeister... that's some handle bro! Your show does NOT pay @KellyRipa salary," the actress fired back. "Also, we don't attack successful women on our network and men certainly cannot take credit for their success. Don't get me started on your show cuz I'm a savage.... #bachelorsoooowhite."

A day after Ripa's on-air comments and the social media backlash, Brown appeared on Live With Kelly and Ryan May 16 to set the record straight, calling her time on The Bachelor one of the most "empowering things" she had ever done.

“I am very against women fighting over a guy. I don't believe in it. I think it's — you know, weird and sets us back,” Ripa asked. “But now, you are in the power position. So take me through that. How does that work?”

“Like you, I didn't really follow the show. I wasn't a big fan. Being a part of the show, it's not women fighting against each other," Brown responded. "Really, some of my best friends came from the show and were really supportive."

She continued: "When you have a group of 30 people together, there's going to be people who don't like each other. That's just simple facts … It was one of the most empowering things that I ever did because I had to grow as an individual. That is why I decided that I wanted to be the Bachelorette. That's why I wanted that so bad.”

Find out what is next for Brown and her remaining suitors when Bachelorette airs Monday nights on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.