06/12/2012 04:46 pm ET Updated Jun 12, 2012

Kelly Ripa And Mark Consuelos Eloped In Las Vegas (VIDEO)

Tuesday on "Live! With Kelly" (weekdays on ABC) Kelly Ripa told her guest co-host Jerry O'Connell the story of how she and her husband Mark Consuelos eloped in Las Vegas. Back on a Tuesday in the Spring of '96, Ripa and Consuelos, who were both working on the soap opera "All My Children," discovered they didn't have to work the following Thursday. So they decided to fly to Las Vegas and elope.

"We were never engaged," Ripa boasted. reports the couple was married at the "Chapel of Cheese." The couple has now been married for 16 years and have three children together. Maybe eloping in Vegas shouldn't get such a bad rap.

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