Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin cohosted Live With Regis and Kelly in combination for a decade, but their relationship off camera wasn’t the same as it appeared in front of the camera.
The actress was once starring on All My Children when she was once tapped to exchange Kathie Lee Gifford as Philbin’s cohost on the morning communicate display. She were given the gig after a memorable look as a visitor host in 2000 — when a psychic named Char Margolis printed she was once pregnant on air.
“I haven’t told my boss yet!” Ripa admitted at the time.
During her tenth anniversary particular in 2011, the Hope & Faith alum credited Margolis for why she were given the activity. “Char, of course, is the reason that I got my job here, I’m convinced. I really am convinced that you’re the reason I wound up getting this job,” she mentioned.
Philbin shared a identical sentiment in his 2011 ebook.
“In the end, it could only be Kelly,” he wrote. “We kind of knew that from her memorable debut onward. She was the right choice and really the only choice.”
After greater than twenty years on Live, the former Who Wants to Be a Millionaire host left in 2011. Five years later, he made waves for his look on Larry King Live, revealing he and Ripa had been not involved — and alleging that he was once by no means requested to seem on the communicate display once more.
“Never once did they ask me to go back,” Philbin claimed about Live in 2017. “[Kelly] got very offended when I left. She thought I was leaving because of her. I was leaving because I was getting older and that wasn’t right for me anymore.”
WABC President Dave Davis replied to Philbin’s feedback at the time: “It was wonderful to have Regis on the show for our 2015 Halloween special. He’s also been invited back several times as a guest and, in fact, was confirmed for a date but was not able to make it at the time.”
Ripa stayed mum about her former cohost’s remarks for years however was once requested about the drama whilst selling her memoir, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories, in September 2022. “I was steadfast in my attempt at communication. You can’t make a person befriend you,” she advised People.
She additionally spread out about the early days of Live in her ebook.
“I want people to understand that joining Live, from my perspective, was a terrifying venture,” Ripa advised Haute Living in September 2022. “It was entering into a work environment that I did not understand. I think had I gone in there now, I would have been fully equipped to handle it, but back then, I was not equipped in any sense of the word. And therefore, I did not protect myself the way I probably should have. It was a different time, back then. It was a tabloid, journalistic, free-for-all, and there were systems in place there for a long time at the talk show that were not necessarily there to protect me.”
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