Kelly Ripa, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Kelly Ripa among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

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According to a top source, Kelly Ripa is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the actress' fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 17/12/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Ripa for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 48-year-old actress, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Ripa so important is the potential and influence she now has, rather than anything she has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the actress have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Stratford Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Stratford (Kelly Ripa's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the actress was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“#RipaPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 16 Dec 2018
“Congrats! Kelly has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 16 Dec 2018
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Kelly Ripa?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 16 Dec 2018

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Kelly Ripa?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2019 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?

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