You are so wrong. Where Kathy Lee had little personality and her looks were OK, Kelly Ripa is on a different level.
Kelly is very self deprecating. Very refreshing. To see someone obviously intelligent making fun of herself to that level is great. Sometimes, she has to stop her comments in mid stream to keep the dumb blonde gag going. Then all of a sudden, she'll say something that I that I know most people don't get.
Looks: Are you blind? Kelly Ripa is one of the HOTEST women on the planet. Kathy Lee was decent to good looking.
Kelly has incredible personality in front of a camera. Off camera, who knows. That's her husband's problem - or not. :)