Kelly Ripa and 'Bachelorette' Hannah Brown face off amid Ripa's divisive 'Bachelor' comments

Kelly Ripa interviewed "Bachelorette" Hannah Brown on Thursday as her comments from two days earlier that the reality show "disgusts" her continued to make waves online.

On Thursday's episode of "Live With Kelly and Ryan," Ripa started her interview with Brown by offering her an out during their sit-down.

"I'm not sure if they told you backstage, I'm not behind this at all," Ripa explained. "You seem like a lovely girl. You blink twice, I will get you out of here."

"I'm good," Brown laughed. "I'm glad to be here."

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GOOD MORNING AMERICA - 5/16/19 Hannah Brown of "The Bachelorette" is a guest on "Good Morning America," Thursday, May 16, 2019, airing on the Walt Disney Television Network. (Photo by Paula Lobo/Walt Diswney Television via Getty Images) HANNAH BROWN
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Reality-TV Personality Hannah Brown is seen on May 16, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
THE BACHELORETTE - "Bachelorette Reunion: The Biggest Bachelorette Reunion in Bachelor History Ever!" - In anticipation of Hannah Brown's journey as the next Bachelorette, viewers will celebrate 15 seasons of romance with Chris Harrison as he hits the road in a double-decker bus with Bachelor Nation super fans, revisiting some of the most iconic date spots from "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" history. The momentous occasion will culminate with a Bachelorette reunion like no other, with special surprises along the way, on "The Bachelorette Reunion: The Biggest Bachelorette Reunion in Bachelor History Ever!," a two-hour special airing MONDAY, MAY 6 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (John Fleenor via Getty Images) DESIREE SIEGFRIED, RACHEL LINDSAY, DEANNA STAGLIANO, KAITLYN BRISTOWE, JOELLE "JOJO" FLETCHER, ANDI DORFMAN, TRISTA SUTTER, BECCA KUFRIN, ALI FEDOTOWSKY-MANNO, JILLIAN HARRIS, ASHLEY ROSENBAUM, EMILY MAYNARD-JOHNSON
THE BACHELORETTE - "1501" - It's a tractor...It's a plane...It's the self-appointed king of the jungle! Hannah's search for fierce love is matched with fierce competition as one hopeful bachelor sets a high bar by jumping the fence, while another pops out from the limo, in true beast fashion. At the end of the day, whether he is a golf pro looking to be Hannah's hole-in-one, a Box King seeking a woman who checks all his boxes, or a man with a custom-made pizza delivery, everyone wants a piece of Hannah's heart on the highly anticipated 15th season of "The Bachelorette," premiering MONDAY, MAY 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images) HANNAH BROWN
THE BACHELORETTE - "1501" - It's a tractor...It's a plane...It's the self-appointed king of the jungle! Hannah's search for fierce love is matched with fierce competition as one hopeful bachelor sets a high bar by jumping the fence, while another pops out from the limo, in true beast fashion. At the end of the day, whether he is a golf pro looking to be Hannah's hole-in-one, a Box King seeking a woman who checks all his boxes, or a man with a custom-made pizza delivery, everyone wants a piece of Hannah's heart on the highly anticipated 15th season of "The Bachelorette," premiering MONDAY, MAY 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images) MIKE, HANNAH BROWN
THE BACHELORETTE - "1501" - It's a tractor...It's a plane...It's the self-appointed king of the jungle! Hannah's search for fierce love is matched with fierce competition as one hopeful bachelor sets a high bar by jumping the fence, while another pops out from the limo, in true beast fashion. At the end of the day, whether he is a golf pro looking to be Hannah's hole-in-one, a Box King seeking a woman who checks all his boxes, or a man with a custom-made pizza delivery, everyone wants a piece of Hannah's heart on the highly anticipated 15th season of "The Bachelorette," premiering MONDAY, MAY 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images) HANNAH BROWN, CONNOR J.
THE BACHELORETTE - Hannah Brown caught the eye of Colton Underwood early on during the 23rd season of "The Bachelor," showing him, and all of America, what Alabama Hannah is made of - a fun country girl who is unapologetically herself. After being sent home unexpectedly, Hannah took the time to reflect on her breakup, gaining a powerful understanding of her desire to be deeply and fiercely loved. Now, with a newfound sense of self and a little southern charm, she is more ready than ever to find her true love on the milestone 15th season of "The Bachelorette." (Ed Herrera/ABC via Getty Images) HANNAH BROWN
THE BACHELORETTE - Hannah Brown caught the eye of Colton Underwood early on during the 23rd season of "The Bachelor," showing him, and all of America, what Alabama Hannah is made of - a fun country girl who is unapologetically herself. After being sent home unexpectedly, Hannah took the time to reflect on her breakup, gaining a powerful understanding of her desire to be deeply and fiercely loved. Now, with a newfound sense of self and a little southern charm, she is more ready than ever to find her true love on the milestone 15th season of "The Bachelorette." (Ed Herrera/ABC via Getty Images) HANNAH BROWN
THE BACHELORETTE - Hannah Brown caught the eye of Colton Underwood early on during the 23rd season of "The Bachelor," showing him, and all of America, what Alabama Hannah is made of - a fun country girl who is unapologetically herself. After being sent home unexpectedly, Hannah took the time to reflect on her breakup, gaining a powerful understanding of her desire to be deeply and fiercely loved. Now, with a newfound sense of self and a little southern charm, she is more ready than ever to find her true love on the milestone 15th season of "The Bachelorette." (Ed Herrera/ABC via Getty Images) HANNAH BROWN
THE BACHELOR - "Season Finale, Night Two" - America watched live on Monday night as a devastated and extremely emotional Colton finally decided what would be best for him. He put everything on the line, but what will happen to him and the remaining women? Find out on night two of the two-night, live special Season Finale event on "The Bachelor," TUESDAY, MARCH 12 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. (John Fleenor via Getty Images) CHRIS HARRISON, HANNAH BROWN
THE BACHELOR - "Season Finale, Night Two" - America watched live on Monday night as a devastated and extremely emotional Colton finally decided what would be best for him. He put everything on the line, but what will happen to him and the remaining women? Find out on night two of the two-night, live special Season Finale event on "The Bachelor," TUESDAY, MARCH 12 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. (John Fleenor via Getty Images) HANNAH BROWN
THE BACHELOR - "Season Finale, Night Two" - America watched live on Monday night as a devastated and extremely emotional Colton finally decided what would be best for him. He put everything on the line, but what will happen to him and the remaining women? Find out on night two of the two-night, live special Season Finale event on "The Bachelor," TUESDAY, MARCH 12 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. (John Fleenor via Getty Images) HANNAH BROWN
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Ripa then doubled-down on her opinion that having "women fighting over a guy" is not something that she stands by and asked Brown to explain her ability to accept the show's seemingly outdated premise.

"I don't believe in it," Ripa said. "I think it's, you know, weird and sets us back. 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, wasn't a big fan," the current "Bachelorette" star confessed. "But, being a part of the show, it's not women fighting against each other. Really, some of my best friends came from the show and were really supportive. When you have a group of 30 people together, there's going to be people who don't like each other. That's simple facts."

"But, ultimately, it was one of the most empowering things that I ever have done because I had to push myself and grow as an individual," Brown went on. "And I did. And I think that's why I decided that I wanted to be the Bachelorette and wanted that so bad."

Ripa's face-to-face interview with Brown came two days after she said that "The Bachelor" "disgusts" her, adding that she "couldn't stand by the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one ordinary fella."

"We are too special to be arguing over a guy," she added.

After her comments went viral, host Chris Harrison tweeted, "Look out #BachelorNation @KellyRipa is coming after you and your "disgusting" Monday night habit."

Mike Fleiss, the creator of the long-running franchise, also chimed in, tweeting, "Easy @KellyRipa ... #TheBachelor pays your salary!"

Of course, "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" air on the same channel as Ripa's daytime talk show, "Live," and Fleiss argued that ABC uses the money is makes from his lucrative shows to pay for her reported $20 million salary.

Sources explained to Page Six, however, that the shows are all run by different subsidiaries of ABC, so Fleiss' claim is certainly false.

"How dumb can you get? Kelly’s salary is paid by ABC Syndication and 'The Bachelor' brand is produced by ABC Entertainment, they’re two separate entities, they have nothing to do with each other," the insider explained. And why make this so personal -- Kelly’s said way worse about 'The Bachelor' in the past -- the joke is that this is the least offensive thing she’s ever done. This just seems desperate."

Another ABC star, Ellen Pompeo, who stars on "Grey's Anatomy," took umbrage with Fleiss' claim and defended Ripa on Twitter on Thursday morning.

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

The hashtag at the end of Pompeo's tweet alluded to "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette"'s struggle to diversify their casts. In the shows' 38 combined seasons, there has only been one non-white lead: Rachel Lindsay, who is black, was "The Bachelorette" back in 2017.

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385178 05: New co-host Kelly Ripa poses for a photograph during a broadcast of 'Live with Regis and Kelly,' February 5, 2001 in New York City. Ripa, who is known for her role on ABC's soap opera 'All My Children' replaces Kathie Lee Gifford who left the show in July 2000. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Newsmakers)
385178 12: Talk show host Regis Philbin and new co-host Kelly Ripa speak to the audience during a broadcast of 'Live with Regis and Kelly,' February 5, 2001 in New York City. Ripa, who is known for her role on ABC's soap opera 'All My Children' replaces Kathie Lee Gifford who left the show in July 2000. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Newsmakers)
Actress Kelly Ripa arrives at the Entertainment Weekly Academy Awards Viewing Party at Elaine's In New York City. 3/25/01 Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect
387734 26: Talk show host Kelly Ripa and her husband attend the 'VH1 Divas Live' April 10, 2001 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Gerge De Sota/Newsmakers)
Kelly Ripa arrives with her son Michael and husband Mark Consuelos at the New York premiere of the new Disney film 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. 6/6/01 Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images
389548 11: (FILE PHOTO) Kelly Ripa and Michael Joseph arrive at the Daytime Emmy Awards May 18, 2001 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Ripa, co-host of 'Live with Regis and Kelly' gave birth to an 8-pound 3-ounce baby girl named Lola Grace at 6:30 a.m. June 16, 2001 at a New York City hospital. (Photo by George De Sota/Getty Images)
398342 03: Talk show host Kelly Ripa attends the Coalition of Italo-American Association's 18th annual Leadership Awards Banquet December 7, 2001 at The Waldorf Astoria hotel in New york City. (Photo by George De Sota/Getty Images)
405362 06: Talk show host Kelly Ripa arrives for the Style and Substance Awards May 14, 2002 in New York City. The fundraising dinner is to honor women who have made the transition from welfare to the workforce. (Photo by Keith Bedford/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 8: Actress Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos attend the Sean John Fall/Winter 2003 Men's Collection fashion show at Cipriani 42nd Street during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week February 8, 2003 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 11: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) TV Host Kelly Ripa attends MCC Theaters' opening night of 'Intrigue With Faye' after-party at West Bank Cafe June11, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - JANUARY 19: Actress/talk show host Kelly Ripa appears on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on January 19, 2004 at the NBC Studios, in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 26: TV Personality Kelly Ripa attends the 16th Annual Women of the Year Luncheon on October 26, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 8: Actress Kelly Ripa arrives at the Glamour Magazine 2004 'Women of the Year' awards at the American Museum of Natural History November 8, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 10: Actress Kelly Ripa attends a special screening of Miramax's 'The Great Raid' at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum August 10, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - JULY 30: Kelly Ripa and Lola Grace Consuelos arrive at the InStyle Magazine and Donna Karan Present Super Saturday event July 30, 2005 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 6: Daytime talk show hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa arrive to the 2005 IRTS Foundation Awards at the Waldorf Astoria on October 6, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 14: Kelly Ripa attends the Angel Ball 2005 on November 14, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 9: Actress Kelly Ripa arrives for a taping of 'The Late Show With David Letterman' at The Ed Sullivan Theater on November 9, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 09: Actors Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos attend the play opening night of 'The Little Dog Laughed' at Second Stage Theatre January 9, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Television personality Kelly Ripa walks the runway at the Red Dress Fall 2007 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in the Tent in Bryant Park February 2, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images For IMG)
NEW YORK - MARCH 22: Actress Kelly Ripa and husband actor Mark Consuelos arrive for opening night of 'Curtains' on Broadway at the Hirschfeld Theatre, March 22, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 14: Host Kelly Ripa speaks onstage during the 5th Annual TV Land Awards held at Barker Hangar on April 14, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. The 5th Annual TV Land Awards show will premiere on TV Land network on Sunday, April 22, 2007. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
US actress and television talk show host Kelly Ripa (R) poses with Santa Claus as she unveils French luxury shop Cartier's Christmas windows along Fifth Avenue in New York, November 24, 2008. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 18: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend the 69th Annual American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala at The Metropolitan Opera House on May 18, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 28: TV personality Kelly Ripa attends the 10th Annual Trevor New York Summer Gala on June 28, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 29: Kelly Ripa attends the celebration of Electrolux's new stand-alone refrigerator and freezer at Studio 450 on June 29, 2010 in New York City. TV personality Kelly Ripa teams up with Stephen Bruce, owner and founder of Serendipity 3, to build banana splits for a cause. When people visit www.kelly-confidential.com and build a virtual banana split, Electrolux donates $1 to ovarian cancer research. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Weber Shandwick)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: (L-R) TV personality Kelly Ripa and athlete Mark Consuelos attend the premiere of 'Off the Rez' during the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: (L-R) TV personality Kelly Ripa and Chef Tom Colicchio prepare recipes in the kitchen during the presentation of Kelly Ripa, Tom Colicchio & Electrolux Dial Down The Drama Of Last-Minute Entertaining at Center 548 on May 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Electrolux)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Kelly Ripa attends a press conference on Regis Philbin's departure from 'LIVE! with Regis and Kelly' at ABC Studios on November 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa attend a press conference on Regis's departure from 'LIVE! with Regis and Kelly' at ABC Studios on November 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Fly girls / dancers Michelle Whitney Morrison, Lisa Marie Todd, Kelly Ripa, Deidre Lang and Laurie Anne Gibson attend the 10th Annual TV Land Awards at the Lexington Avenue Armory on April 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Kelly Ripa attends the 'Men In Black 3' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on May 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos attend the Unicef SnowFlake Ball at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 27, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Kelly Ripa arrives at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Kelly Ripa visits 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on November 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Actress Kelly Ripa attends the Tenth Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on December 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for UNICEF)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: TV personalities Michael Strahan (L) and Kelly Ripa attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Actress Kelly Ripa attends the VIP Red Carpet Suite hosted by Ketel One Vodka at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on May 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Ketel One)
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