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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Kelly Ripa - "Jane Lynch Is My Goddess"

Apr. 13 2010, Published 4:50 a.m. ET

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As the wildly popular Glee prepares to return to Fox Tuesday night with all-new episodes after a four-month hiatus, television host and actress Kelly Ripa opened up to in an exclusive interview where she shared her inner-geekiness by proclaiming that like many others, she’s a huge fan of the hit TV show Glee and considers herself a ‘Gleek’.

“I am a ‘Gleek’ and Jane Lynch is my goddess,” Kelly told Tuesday morning. “I worship at the church of Jane Lynch! I fell in love with her when I saw Best In Show and I’ve been a devotee ever since.

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“I was a theater nerd. Of course, we at the time didn’t call ourselves theater nerds! We thought we were cool,” Kelly teased. “Unfortunately for me, I was the kid in musical theater that really was an actress but I couldn’t sing so I never got any good parts in the musical theater productions. The straight plays I was always the lead, but the musical theater, I was usually hanging lights and playing a man.”

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With one of the sexiest bodies in the industry Kelly looks like she would be a perfect fit on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, and although she says she has been approached for the show, she told she just doesn’t have time. “We have been approached and to me it’s so much fun and it’s such a great gig,” Kelly said. “But I have three kids, we have homework; I really need to be present in my family.

“I enjoy watching competitive gymnastics at the Olympics but it doesn’t necessarily mean that I’d join an Olympic team!” Kelly jokingly explained. “It’s something I believe that I enjoy more watching than I would enjoy participating in.”

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