Skip to main content

Philbin: Not A Word From Ripa Since Leaving 'Live' (Video)

  • Author:
  • Updated:

TV personality Regis Philbin says former "Live!" co-host Kelly Ripa hasn't spoken to him since his departure from the show in 2011 (video below).

Philbin opened up about the bad blood in an interview with Larry King on Feb. 14, saying he hasn't heard from Ripa at all in the last six years, despite over a decade of hosting the morning talk show together. 

"She got very offended when I left," Philbin explained on "Larry King Now." "She thought I was leaving because of her. I was leaving because I was getting older and it wasn't right for me anymore."

"So you think she took it personal?" King pressed.

"Yeah, I think so," said Philbin.

The revelation of a silent feud might explain why Philbin was absent from the star-studded special episode of "Live!" in February 2016, celebrating Ripa's 15 years as a host of the show. 

According to People, the episode included Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Judge Judy, Jimmy Kimmel, Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, and Ripa's own friends and family, but not Philbin. 

"Do they ask you to go back, even for a day?" King asked.

"Never once did they ask me to go back."

King wasn't the first interviewer to probe Philbin about his rocky post-show relationship with Ripa.  In March 2015, Hoda Kotb spoke with Philbin on her SiriusXM satellite radio program, "The Hoda Show," where they touched on the fractured relationship, according to New York Daily News. 

"I haven't seen her, I don't see her," Philbin told Kotb.

Philbin also told Kotb that he does keep in touch with his previous "Live!" co-host, Kathie Lee Gifford, who spends weekends with Philbin and both of their significant others. Gifford spent 15 years co-hosting with Regis before Ripa took over.  

Ripa has not commented directly about the feud with Philbin. In 2011, The Hollywood Reporter did ask if she keeps in contact with her former co-host at all. Ripa replied, "I haven't seen him, no."

Sources: Larry King Now/YouTube, People, New York Daily News, The Hollywood Reporter / Photo credit: U.S. Navy via Wikimedia Commons

Popular Video