Entertainment TV Kelly Ripa Not Backing Down from 'Bachelor' Criticism After Chris Harrison, Mike Fleiss Slam Her "If anything, her success in syndication and promotion of these shows pays their salaries," a source close to Kelly Ripa's show tells PEOPLE By Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Jen Juneau is a digital news writer for PEOPLE. A '90s teen and horror film connoisseur, she started at the brand in 2016, after a decade of working as a technical writer and then moonlighting as a journalist beginning in 2013. Originally from New Orleans, Jen grew up both in NOLA and Florida and eventually attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando (still her home base!), where she earned a bachelor's in English/technical communication, with a minor in magazine journalism. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 16, 2019 10:19 AM Share Tweet Pin Email If reality TV heavyweights Mike Fleiss and Chris Harrison thought criticizing Kelly Ripa was going to get her to back down on her opinions about The Bachelorette, they seem to have picked the wrong woman. On Tuesday’s episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, Ripa, 48, said of the reality dating series, “Guys, you know how I feel about this show. It disgusts me.” “And 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,” she continued. “You know how I feel, ladies: We are too special to be arguing over a guy.” Both Bachelor host Harrison and creator Fleiss clapped back on Twitter, with Harrison writing, “Look out #BachelorNation @KellyRipa is coming after you and your ‘disgusting’ Monday night habit.” Fleiss chimed in with, “Easy, @KellyRipa … #TheBachelor franchise pays your salary!” Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images; Noam Galai/Getty Images; Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock Chris Harrison’s tweet. Twitter/Chrs Harrison Meet Bachelorette Hannah Brown’s 30 Contestants, from Athletes to a Sperm Donor Who Had 114 Kids Before current Bachelorette Hannah Brown appeared on the daytime talk show Thursday, a source close to Live with Kelly and Ryan told PEOPLE that Fleiss and Harrison should maybe think before they critique. “It seems the fear of rejection runs deep over there. Do these guys really want to bring attention to the fact that people should stop and look more closely at the completely outdated misogynistic nature of this show and its offensive premise of demeaning its participants?” the insider asked. RELATED VIDEO: Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos Reveal the Lessons They’ve Taught Their Kids About Style According to the source, “They can’t handle lighthearted criticism from a successful woman who has been on TV longer than their contestants have been alive,” adding, “Kelly’s time at Live predates these shows by years, so if anything, her success in syndication and promotion of these shows pays their salaries.” Kelly Ripa. STEVEN FERDMAN/AFP/Getty The source went on to point out, “Kelly has always slammed Bachelor/Bachelorette in the past with way worse comments, so why engage her now? Because they must be getting desperate.” RELATED VIDEO: Bachelorettes Unite for ABC Special Celebrating 15 Years of Romance Ripa had not publicly commented on the responses from Harrison, 47, and Fleiss, 55, before Brown’s appearance on her show Thursday, when she opened up the interview by poking fun at the whole situation. “Hannah, I’m not sure what they told you backstage … if you blink twice, I will get you out of here,” the host joked before Brown, 24, laughed and said she was happy to be there.