Regis Philbin reportedly gives a big thumbs up to Kelly Ripa's new co-host


According to Page Six, Regis Phibin recently told some pals that he is very excited for Ryan Seacrest's tenure on the show that used to bear his name. Regis hosted a morning show on ABC with Kelly Ripa and Kathie Lee Gifford for several decades. After he retired from "Live with Regis and Kelly," in 2011, Michael Strahan took over the male hosting position. Earlier this week, Ryan Seacrest was announced as the new permanent co-host.

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"He had not one bad thing to say about Ryan. He said, 'I hope he considers me a mentor.' He thinks he'll be able to get along with Kelly Ripa really well and that he's a great choice," a source told Page Six.

Philbin began hosting the first iteration of the program in 1983.

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385178 08: Talk show host Regis Philbin and new co-host Kelly Ripa speak to the audience during a broadcast of 'Live with Regis and Kelly,' February 5, 2001 in New York City. Ripa, who is known for her role on ABC's soap opera 'All My Children' replaces Kathie Lee Gifford who left the show in July 2000. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Newsmakers)
NEW YORK - APRIL 26: Actress and talk show host Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin prepares for a photo shoot with celebrity photographer Andrew Eccles during a day-in-the-life story in New York. (Photo by Todd Plitt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 26: Actress and talk show host Kelly Ripa poses with Actor and talk show host Regis Philbin at a photo shoot with celebrity photographer Andrew Eccles on April 26, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Todd Plitt/Getty Images)
Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin during Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa Host the Second Annual Relly Awards on 'LIVE with Regis and Kelly' at ABC-TV Studios in Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
Kelly Ripa, Regis Philbin, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin during 16th Annual PAL Women of The Year Luncheon honoring Kelly Ripa and Paula Zahn at The Pierre Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Robin Platzer/FilmMagic)
Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin during Live with Regis and Kelly - June 16, 2005 at ABC Studios in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin during Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa Host the Third Annual Relly Awards on 'Live with Regis and Kelly' at ABC-TV Studios in Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin during Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin Filming Commercial on Manhattan's Upper West Side - September 26, 2005 at Upper West Side in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 6: Daytime talk show hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa arrive to the 2005 IRTS Foundation Awards at the Waldorf Astoria on October 6, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin during Hilary Duff, Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin Visit the 'Late Show with David Letterman' - November 9, 2005 at Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
LAKE BEUNA VISTA, FL - DECEMBER 3: In this handout image provided by Walt Disney World, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, hosts of the talk show 'Live with Regis and Kelly,' pose in front of the Cinderella Castle during the taping of the 'ABC-TV Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade' December 3, 2005 in the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney World via Getty Images)
Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa during Premiere of Disney Pixar's 'CARS' at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Disney Pictures)
Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin during Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa Host the Fourth Annual Relly Awards on 'Live with Regis and Kelly' at ABC-TV Studios in Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Roger Federer, 2007 US Open Champion, with hosts Regis Philbin (C) and Kelly Ripa during 'Live with Regis and Kelly' on September 10, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images For ATP)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 08: Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin film outside ABC'S ''Live with Regis and Kelly' show in New York city on February 8, 2008. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JULY 02: Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin attend the Hamptons Magazine Celebration with Cover Star Kelly Ripa sponsored by Bacardi Mojito at the Empire Hotel Rooftop, NYC on July 2, 2008 (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JULY 31: (L to R) NASCAR Sprint Cup race car driver Jimmie Johnson, Kelly Ripa, and Regis Philbin pose for photos at the 'Live With Regis And Kelly' taping at the ABC Building on July 31, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NO MIDDLE EAST/INDIA/RUSSIA - Photo � 2008 Santiago Baez/The Grosby Group - New York, September 10th, 2008 KELLY RIPA stays busy on Times Square taking photos with her iPhone as her hair was being fixed while shooting with her co-host REGIS PHILBIN. PGsb6 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
NO MIDDLE EAST/INDIA/RUSSIA - Photo � 2008 Santiago Baez/The Grosby Group - New York, September 10th, 2008 KELLY RIPA stays busy on Times Square taking photos with her iPhone as her hair was being fixed while shooting with her co-host REGIS PHILBIN. PGsb6 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
MIAMI - MAY 06: Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa is sighted on May 6, 2009 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 18: Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa and Oprah Winfrey attend 'The Oprah Winfrey Show: Fridays Live from New York' at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on September 18, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 22: Television personalities Regis Philbin (L) and Kelly Ripa host the High Heel-A-Thon on 'Live With Regis And Kelly' in Central Park on September 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
TV personalities Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa are seen outside the 'Live With Regis and Kelly studios on June 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa attend a press conference on Regis's departure from 'LIVE! with Regis and Kelly' at ABC Studios on November 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 04: TV personalities Kelly Ripa (L) and Regis Philbin films a segment at the 'Live With Regis And Kelly' taping at the ABC Lincoln Center Studios on August 4, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY - Regis Philbin says goodbye as co-host of LIVE WITH REGIS AND KELLY, 11/18/11, airing in more than 200 markets across the country and distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa display the key to the city which was presented by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo by David Russell/ABC via Getty Images)
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