Regis Philbin admits that to this day he has a strained relationship with Kelly Ripa and hasn't seen or spoken to her- even though he was invited back on Live! on Oct, 28, 2015.
The former Live! with Regis and Kelly host, 85, who sat next to Kelly, 46, on live TV for a decade, says she doesn’t speak to him, although he has a theory why.
In an interview with Larry King Now, when asked by Larry if he keeps in touch with Kelly, the lovable Regis responded, “Not really, no.”
“She got very offended when I left. She thought I was leaving because of her,” Regis said, adding, “I was leaving because I was getting older and it wasn’t right for me anymore.”
When Larry asked, “She took it personal?”
“Yeah, I think so. That was 11 years ago,” Regis replied.
“Haven’t heard [from her]?” Larry asked, with Regis saying, “Never have.”
But Dave Davis, President and General Manager of WABC, which produces the show, says: "It was wonderful to have Regis on the show for our 2015 Halloween special. He’s also been invited back several times as a guest, and in fact was confirmed for a date, but was not able to make it at the time."
So what's up Reeg? He says he was never asked back.
Kelly had joined the show in 2001 and co-hosted alongside Reeg for 10 years. His last episode was in 2011, and he revealed of the execs, “Never once did they ask me to go back.”
The two left with their once sweet relationship in a good place, on his final show Reeg even told Kelly, “Every morning, I’ll think about this.”
Kept thanked him, telling him, “I love you” in front of the audience.
It’s not the first time Regis has expressed disappointment in Kelly's refusal to speak to him.
In 2015, speaking with Today host Hoda Kotb on The Hoda Show! on SiriusXM satellite radio, Reeg got sad when Hoda asked, “What about Kelly? How often do you see her or speak to her?”
“I haven’t seen her, I don’t see her,” he replied. “She lived downtown, and now I hear she’s on the East Side and, uh, you know,” adding, “No, I haven’t [seen her since the show ended.]”
But Reeg does keep in touch with former Kathie Lee Gifford, who he partnered with for 15 years, first on the Morning Show and then on Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee, before the show continued as Live! With Regis and Kelly.
Regis and Kelly’s time together included working through a live show together on Sept. 11, 2001.
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