Kelly Ripa has caused controversy after insisting that a Thanksgiving meal should be eaten at dinner time.

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“Thanksgiving dinner is dinner which means it should happen at dinner time,” she exclaimed on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Friday, adding: “Dinner should be late!”

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The outburst came as she read an Atlantic article that claimed 4pm is the best time to eat a turkey dinner with family and friends.

“I do not understand everyone’s obsession with having Thanksgiving dinner at 2 p.m. Then you’re hungry at 6 p.m and 7 p.m. and 8 p.m, and then you’re eating, and then you’re binging, and then you’re having leftovers,” she continued, suggesting that leftovers need to be saved for the following days.

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Kelly was joined by co-star Ryan Seacrest and guest Kevin Hart, who agreed with her that it makes no sense to eat in the middle of the day.

But fans were divided, with one commenting: “Some people have to work all day on Black Friday and aren’t afforded the luxury to have a choice.”

“Thanksgiving dinner is dinner which means it should happen at dinner time”

“Every family has their own traditions,” tweeted one fan as one revealed they previously agreed with Kelly “until we started accommodating my daughter and eating sometimes as early as noon because she had a late shift at work”.

Thanksgiving takes place this year on Thursday 25 November, and is the traditional American holiday giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest after the pilgrims first arrived.

Thanksgiving takes place this year on Thursday 25 November

From pumpkin pie and glazed ham to warm potato salads, the day is a feast of delicious foods, and Jennifer Garner recently shared her family cornbread recipe, which was passed down from her mother.

On her Instagram page, the movie star wrote: “I call my mom every time I make cornbread—even though I’ve written the recipe in every notebook, even though I am sure I could toss it together in my sleep. Maybe watching this will show you why, perhaps, I just like to call my mom.”

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