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Trouble brewing in Kelly Ripa’s marriage?

Tempers flared between Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos, reports the National Enquirer. And the cause of the commotion revolves around two things married couples fight about most — sex and money. According to the magazine, the “Live With Regis and Kelly” co-host isn’t happy with hubby’s flirty ways or his plans for the $1 million he earned on his recent TV hosting gigs.

Constantly jealous Kelly didn’t appreciate the goo-goo eyes Mark shared with co-star Nadine Velazquez on the Albuquerque, N.M., set of his cable TV movie “Husband for Hire.” The sore spot resurfaced around Thanksgiving when Mark said he looked forward to more work in the future.

“Kelly responded that he seemed pretty eager to get back on the road and the conversation returned to New Mexico,” said an Enquirer source. “She really let Mark have it, returning once again to what she believed happened during his shoot in Albuquerque this past June.”

The discussion grew so heated, “Kelly stormed out of the house in a fit of anger,” the source reports.

The hard-working wife and mother of three also doesn’t appreciate how Mark treats the money he made working on the cable movie and hosting the reality show, “Age of Love,” as a “big bonus” to be spent willy-nilly. “Kelly is very watchful of their money,” said the Enquirer source. “She still lives like her job could be gone any day, and she tries to bank as much as possible.”

Could these issues contribute to Kelly’s alleged desire to have Mark working by her side, where she can keep close watch on his wandering eye and his paycheck?

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“Kelly’s made no secret of the fact that she’s wanted Mark to take over for Regis,” a TV industry insider told the Enquirer. “Even though Reege has said before that he had no intention of retiring, his recent health problems may finally force his hand — and Kelly wants Mark in his place.”

Latest celebrity body issue Despite Jennifer Love Hewitt’s best efforts, Star Magazine recently published its “Best & Worst Beach Bodies” winter edition, featuring 46 of the usual subjects.

The so-called “best” bods include teenagers and those rich and/or idle enough to work out all day, every day. The losers? Women who procreated, celebs with eating and/or drug issues, and some who, frankly, looks pretty good from here.

“Heroes” hottie Hayden Panettiere got the “Sexy Superhero” thumbs up for being 18, protesting whale and dolphin slaughter and somehow managing to not let herself go. Professional athlete Anna Kournikova also received kudos, as did Brooke Hogan, 19. How do they do it?

“Worst” women featured easy targets Amy Winehouse and Tara Reid. Star also found fault with Vivica Fox, who forgot to suck in her lovely tummy, and Kate Moss, who now appears to get at least one square a day.

Hot dudes include Justin Timberlake, Hugh Jackman and, perplexingly, one seriously scrawny Shia LaBeouf. “Worst” men features Will Ferrell, who built a career on his complete lack of body issues. Also, two guys who are icky anyway: Larry Birkhead and Pauly Shore.

And while we should all have boyfriends as allegedly doughy as Luke Wilson, the amount of water “CSI’s” Gary Dourdan is apparently retaining has him floating dangerously close to Grissom territory, if you catch our drift.

Meanwhile, Star invites readers to weigh in on this whole Jennifer Love Hewitt issue by voting on the magazine’s Web site. Still, it seems the fix is in, with Star calling JLH an “untoned” size 2. And they still allow this woman on TV?!

Dish on the fly Lindsay Lohan’s latest addiction is a real boot shaker — the highly caffeinated beverage Red Bull. Spy witnesses tell Life & Style that the club-hopping rehabber is never without a can in her hand. “She drank four cans in the space of an hour,” reported one gawker. “By the time she left, it was obvious she was wired.” … Justin Timberlake’s cleared out more than a drawer for gal pal Jessica Biel, according to Us Weekly. While Jessica still pays for her Brentwood digs, “she has her dog and all her important stuff at Justin’s,” reports an Us insider. “And she doesn’t plan on leaving!” … Don’t look for Kim Cattrall’s “Sex and the City” skins to turn up on eBay anytime soon. The nonfur-preferring actress donated her animal-originating costumes to PETA immediately after the shoot, reports New York Post’s Page Six. According to a PETA rep, the actress “once wore fur, but had a change of heart once she learned how animals are drowned in traps and electrocuted on fur farms.” The organization plans on passing the red-painted pelts to the homeless.

Tabloid Tidbits is compiled by Ree Hines and Helen A.S. Popkin.

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