Maybe that's all we get because Kelly is incapable of talking about anything else, and not so much because viewers "relate" to it.
I agree with this. I do think Gelman encourages her to be more silly and raunchy, but I think it's because that is the only thing that seems to come naturally to Kelly. She can't even read a clipping from a paper without saying "umm umm' and holding it to her nose for dead air from what I see.
I don't think it matters what Kelly talks about. I'm sure if she talked about her real likes people would still slam her. Look at the whole Long Island, Hamptons thing she said one and was slammed. Changed it and was still nitpicked. If she talks about vacations she is bragging if she doesn't she is acting like she is not rich.If she wants to keep somethings private good for her. People will still watch if for no other reason just to complain about the vile Kelly Ripa.
Maybe some would hate her no matter what, but that is not how I feel. I like Kelly since she was Haley on All My Children. Even though I thought she was pretty green and awkward when she auditioned, I liked her and rooted for her to get the job. I liked Kelly because she appeared so real and likable. The first part of the show is about being yourself and Kelly just seemed like a nice and naturally funny woman.
Then it seemed like Kelly changed. I thought she got strange and over the top when her sitcom was cancelled. I felt like suddenly a nice, real and funny woman turned into a phoney, over the top, self-absorbed woman with a teenager's personality. Suddenly she was mugging herself in the camera, she was obsessed with talking about her body, and she seemed to think of nothing else but being thinner and also showing off.
Maybe it was the change from being a soap star who got on a talk show, to being able to buy an apt Nicole Kidman owned, or being in the Hamptons with the rich and famous that changed her, but she became more and more unlikable IMO, and so over the top raunchy and insecure, to the point where she needed constant compliments.
I think Kelly is not some poor little thing being persecuted, she has changed. I also do no think that anyone can turn you into someone else. I am sure she doesn't show us all of her personality, but I also do not think she is some deep individual, who is being held back by producers.
I turn on the last hour of Today, and see Hoda who is maybe two or three years older than Kelly, and she is very real, she has intelligent comments and she actually takes the time to prepare for her job. People rag on Kelly for the most part because of the things she says and how she behaves, not becauses she is some persecuted soul acting all professinal IMO.