Kelly Ripa is revealing what it was actually prefer to work beside Regis Philbin for 10 years. Ripa, who co-hosted Stay with Regis and Kelly with the late TV star from 2001 to 2011, spilled to Folks journal about her combined expertise main the morning present, which she mentioned included a comment from Philbin that when made her really feel “horrible.”
Ripa now leads her personal morning present with Ryan Seacrest, which is aptly titled Stay with Kelly and Ryan, however earlier than touchdown her present gig, she was the beginner on the set of Philbin’s present, the place she was tapped as everlasting co-host after Kathie Lee Gifford‘s exit.
When she first started co-hosting, Ripa mentioned she was warned to not carry “an entourage” alongside together with her, however mentioned she confirmed up with two folks for hair and make-up.
“It was not an uncommon factor for folks on a tv present to point out up with,” she informed Folks, earlier than recalling a stinging remark from Philbin proper earlier than she stepped onstage.
“Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s obtained an entourage,” he mentioned whereas greeting Ripa and government producer Michael Gelman.
Ripa mentioned, “I felt horrible,” telling Folks, “He was in all probability making an attempt to be humorous, however on the similar time it felt like a pile-on. I perceive that in all probability he didn’t desire a co-host, however the community wished me to be the co-host and I didn’t assume I ought to cross up that chance. I don’t assume it was honest to him. But it surely was additionally not honest to me.”
Total, she categorized her expertise working with Philbin as a mix of “good and unhealthy days,” explaining, “I don’t need to really feel like I’m slamming anybody or that I’m being disrespectful. However I additionally need folks to realize it was not a cakewalk.”
Ripa added, “It took years to earn my place there and earn issues which are routinely given to the lads I labored with. Together with an workplace and a spot to place my pc.”
Years after Philbin’s 2011 exit from the present, he informed Larry King that Ripa was bitter about his departure. He claimed in a 2017 interview, “[Ripa] obtained very offended once I left. She thought I used to be leaving due to her. I used to be leaving as a result of I used to be getting older and that wasn’t proper for me anymore,” per Leisure Tonight.
Ripa refuted the claims to Folks, pointing to Philbin’s 2015 cameo on the present and including, “The present had reached out many instances. It makes me unhappy but it surely’s not one thing I’ll ever perceive. I used to be steadfast in my try at communication. You’ll be able to’t make an individual befriend you.”
Regardless of her ups and downs with Philbin, Ripa insisted she “cherished” Philbin and nonetheless does, praising the late TV legend as “the world’s finest storyteller.”