Kelly Ripa Foot In Mouth, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa on set during Regis Philbin’s Final Show of “Live! with Regis & Kelly” on Nov. 18, 2011. That’ll make fans of “Live” spit out their coffee . Kelly Ripa hasn’t remained close with her long-time on-air partner Regis Philbin since he left the show in November 2011, the daytime talk personality told The Hollywood Reporter.
“I haven’t seen him, no,” Ripa responded when asked about whether or not she’s kept in touch with the man she spent ten years working alongside.
Philbin had spent 28 years on the show, but it hasn’t lost a step in the ratings since “Live! With Regis and Kelly” became “Live With Kelly and Michael.”
Though he’s publicly praised his replacement, former New York Giants star Michael Strahan, there have been rumblings that Philbin has been privately less enthusiastic.
“Of course, it hurts him; of course, it affects him,” a source close to Philbin told the Daily News’ Confidenti@l earlier this year. “Has he ever been on the show since he’s left? No. That’s it for him. He can’t be too happy about that since leaving.”
Ripa, though, had kind words for both her 41-year-old current co-host and his 82-year-old predecessor.
“Well they’re both incredible storytellers,” Ripa told the Hollywood Reporter. “They are both fiercely competitive, and they’re both incredible football players.”