Entertainment TV Kelly Ripa Says She and Mark Consuelos Engaged in 'Sexual Rituals' on FaceTime — and It Once Involved a Ladder The television host admitted the virtual rituals they performed while apart were "ludicrous" on the debut episode of her SiriusXM podcast Let's Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa By Stephanie Wenger Stephanie Wenger Instagram Twitter Stephanie Wenger is a TV Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She joined the brand in 2021 as digital news writer, spanning across the site's verticals. She previously contributed to E! Online, HollywoodLife, Discover Los Angeles, Oscar.com and Hollywood.com. She appeared on air at AfterBuzz TV. She began her journalism career as an intern at Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's in communications and received a Master's in journalism from the University of Southern California. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 22, 2023 04:45 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos know how to stay connected! During a conversation with their marriage counselor, Dr. Linda Carter, on the debut episode of Ripa's SiriusXM podcast Let's Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa, the couple addressed how they survived being apart while Consuelos filmed on location during the pandemic. "There were rituals. Can I tell you something? We had sexual rituals that were so ludicrous over FaceTime," Ripa, 52, admitted. The television personality admitted she only wanted to show her husband of 26 years her most flattering angles during their virtual chats. Kelly Ripa Says Mark Consuelos Was 'Insanely Jealous' at the Start of Their 26-Year Marriage "I became so alarmed at my appearance over FaceTime that I started rigging the computer to hang from a ladder," she shared. "I'm not kidding." "I hung the computer over a ladder so that I could look up to Mark and he did not have to see what gravity was actually doing [to me]," she added. "You get really close to yourself in situations where you're separated from your husband for long periods of time." Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. Eugene Gologursky/Getty Mark Consuelos Excited for 'Amazing' Co-Hosting Gig with Wife Kelly Ripa but Says He Has 'Big Shoes to Fill' Ripa also teased the Riverdale alum — who is set to join his wife as co-host on Live next month, replacing Ryan Seacrest — about how he recently learned the difference between sex and intimacy. "I'm going to blame it on the fact that I traveled so much," he explained. "A lot had to happen in the time that I was home." "I wanted to get intimacy in and the sex in," he added as Kelly chimed in: "So they became one and the same." RELATED VIDEO: Ryan Seacrest Departing Live, Kelly Ripa to Be Joined by Husband Mark Consuelos Permanently Ripa suggested that a "potential dealbreaker" for Consuelos, 51, would be if she "cut [him] off sexually." He agreed but clarified, "Unless you had some type of medical condition where, like, you lost the use of [your body]." Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Say Daughter Lola Has Moved Home — And Warn Her It's 'Freaky Week' Ripa then shared while going through menopause, there were times she wanted to a break from sex. "I didn't give you a break," he joked. "There have never been months [between having sex] unless I was in another country but if you just decided, 'Yeah, we're not having sex anymore,' I would probably have a problem with that." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Let's Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa is produced by Consuelos & Ripa's Milojo Productions, in collaboration with SiriusXM. An initial slate of guests for the podcast includes Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, Carol Burnett and Matthew McConaughey.