In a recent interview with The New York Times, Kelly Ripa revealed a surprising secret: one of her former co-hosts, Regis Philbin, flat-out refused to speak to her when cameras weren’t rolling on set.
Kelly joined Live back in 2001, taking over for Regis’ former co-host Kathie Lee Gifford after Kathie Lee’s 15-year run. Regis himself departed the show in 2011, with his final show airing on November 18 of that year. Kelly and Regis even exchanged an emotional moment during their last time filming together. “Thank you for everything,” a teary Kelly said, as they hugged before the show. “I love you.”
But as Kelly now claims, Regis wanted to keep their banter to a minimum when they weren’t filming in order to save it for taping.
“Regis had a mandate: Absolutely no talking off-camera,” the longtime Live host explained to The New York Times. “He had almost a superstition about it. You save it for the show. I’d be like, ‘Good morning,’ and he’d say, ‘Save it for the air!'”
Kelly also revealed that, unlike her experiences with Regis and his successor Michael Strahan holding fast to this “in-house rule,” she now has a better off-camera relationship with her current co-host, Ryan Seacrest, who joined in 2017. The two text one another at night and even hang out on the weekends.
Michael joined as Kelly’s co-host the year after Regis’ departure, in 2012, and remained until his abrupt exit to join Good Morning America full-time in 2016.
Regis has previously spoken out about his lack of a relationship with Kelly. In a February 2017 interview with Larry King, the 86-year-old said that he doesn’t really keep in touch with his former co-host.
“She got very offended when I left. She thought I was leaving because of her,” Regis revealed. “I was leaving because I was getting older and it wasn’t right for me anymore.”
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