Regis Philbin doesn't stay in touch with Kelly Ripa: 'She got very offended when I left'


Michael Strahan wasn't the first co-host to leave Kelly Ripa upset. The 46-year-old host of Live With Kelly! used to sit alongside TV staple Regis Philbin on Live With Regis and Kelly!

In a new interview with Larry King, Philbin, 85, reveals that Ripa wasn't pleased with him exiting the show in 2011.

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When King asked Philbin if he keeps in touch with Ripa, the on-camera veteran replied, "Not really, no."

He also noted that the show "never once" asked him to return to guest host for the day.

"She got very offended when I left. She thought I was leaving because of her," Philbin claimed of Ripa. "I was leaving because I was getting older and that wasn't right for me anymore."

Philbin thinks that Ripa took his exit very personally, noting, "That was 11 years ago, and I..."

"Haven't heard?" King offered.


"Never have," Philbin said.

Philbin's final show aired in 2011 and he was replaced in 2012 by Strahan. The former football star made headlines in April 2016 when he exited the show for a role on Good Morning America. At the time Ripa had not been informed of the decision before it went public.

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Strahan addressed the fallout in an interview with People magazine in September 2016, saying, "At one point I think we were friends. I don't know what happened at the end. I learned a lot from her, though."

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