Six years later, Kelly Ripa is reflecting on her time on Live! with Regis Philbin. The talk show host opened up about how he’s very different from her current co-host, Ryan Seacrest, in the sense that he had one very special request every day.
“Regis had a mandate: Absolutely no talking off-camera,” Kelly, 47, told The New York Times in a new interview. “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 and Regis on Live in November 2011. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Regis previously revealed in February that he and Kelly don’t quite get along today — and haven’t talked in years. When asked if he keeps in touch with Kelly now, the 86-year-old star sadly told Larry King on Larry King Now, “Not really, no.”
“She got very offended when I left. She thought I was leaving because of her,” Regis said of Kelly. “I was leaving because I was getting older and it wasn’t right for me anymore.”
“She took it personally?” Larry asked the TV icon to which he replied, “Yeah, I think so. That was 11 years ago. Never once did they ask me to go back [on the show].”
Following Kathie Lee Gifford’s 2000 exit from Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, Kelly joined the show to star alongside Regis. The duo previously co-starred on_ Live! with Regis and Kelly_ for 10 years from 2001 until 2011.
At the time of Regis’ departure from the hit morning show, Kelly wished her co-host a tearful goodbye on-air. “Thank you for everything. I love you,” she said.
In 2012, Michael Strahan joined Live, but then exited the show in 2016 after four years. Months later, Michael revealed he and Kelly aren’t friends anymore either.
“At one point I think we were friends. I don’t know what happened at the end. I learned a lot from her, though,” the 46-year-old TV star said in a previous interview.
When Michael left Live to instead join the Good Morning America team, Kelly was reportedly not forewarned about her co-star’s unexpected departure and was very upset by the news. “I wasn’t surprised by her reaction at all, but I can’t control somebody else’s actions. I was there four years, and it’s about more than just being in front of the camera,” Michael said. Good thing Kelly and Ryan make the perfect duo today!
Click through the gallery below to see TV co-stars who didn’t get along off-camera!
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Live!'s Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan
After Michael abruptly announced he was leaving the show without telling Kelly, the former co-hosts became locked in a bitter feud, with Kelly later saying Michael's actions "lacked respect."
“At one point I think we were friends. I don’t know what happened at the end," Michael said in 2016. “Toward the end of it all, we didn’t really communicate that much."
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Fashion Police's Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic
“I will never admit to liking Giuliana because I don’t," Kelly said in 2015. "I don’t think she’s a good person, and I think she’s a liar.”
The former co-hosts had a falling out shortly after Giuliana came under fire for insensitive comments made about teen pop star Zendaya. "I do not condone racism," Kelly tweeted right before announcing her exit.
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The Talk's Leah Remini and Sharon Osbourne
After being booted from the show, Leah took to Twitter, where she blamed her outing on her former co-host.
"Sharon thought me and Holly [Robinson Peete] were 'ghetto'... we were not funny, awkward and didn't know ourselves," she wrote on Twitter. "She has the power that was given to her."
Sharon denied having anything to do with Leah's departure.
Ann Curry Matt Lauer
Today's Ann Curry and Matt Lauer
Shortly after Ann's controversial dismissal from the show, New York magazine published a scathing report that detailed exactly what happened behind the scenes.
"[Matt] simply didn’t like her," the report stated. "Off air, Curry and Lauer had no relationship and barely spoke. When she started, Curry had asked Lauer out for lunch to get advice, but Lauer seemed to drag his feet scheduling it and Curry felt he didn’t offer much."
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Mythbusters' Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman
"Jamie and I make no bones about the fact that we're not friends," Adam said back in 2016. "We don't get along very well together on a personal level. In 25 years we've known each other, we've never had dinner alone together. We do not choose to hang out if we don't have to be in proximity."
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American Idol's Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman
Although Brian only appeared on the first season of the popular singing show, he was invited back to the show in 2016 for the finale.
"I [went to see Ryan] before rehearsal in his dressing room," Brian had told reporters. "I said, ‘I have to get this out but, I want to apologize to you for all the times we didn't get along back then.' I told him that I wished I could go back and change that but I can't."
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What Not to Wear's Clinton Kelly and Stacy London
“I either adored her or despised her and never anything in between,” Clinton wrote in his memoir, I Hate Everyone, Except You. “We spent nearly sixty hours a week in captivity, rarely more than an arm’s length away from each other. Trust me when I tell you that is just too much time to spend with any other human being you didn’t choose of your own free will.”
Gretchen Carlson Steve Doocy
Fox and Friends' Steve Doocy and Gretchen Carlson
In 2016, Gretchen filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News. In the suit, she alleged that her former co-anchor often treated her “in a sexist and condescending way” and would even mock her during commercial breaks, "attempting to put her in her place by refusing to treat her as an intelligent and insightful female journalist rather than a blond female prop.”
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The View's Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg
Although they played nice on the show, after several heated debates, it became hard for the two co-hosts to hide their dislike for each other, which prompted Rosie to quit the show (again) in 2015.
“I think Rosie and Whoopi together was not peaches and cream,” producer Barbara Walters said of the incident back in 2015. “And I don’t think we needed the two of them together. It was not a combination that I would have thought was a natural.”
Tamar Braxton The Real Feud
The Real's Tamar Braxton and former co-hosts, Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry.
When Tamar was abruptly fired from the talk show in 2016, her former co-hosts said they had nothing to do with her outing. But Tamar posted and deleted many cryptic messages on her social media accounts that alluded to "former friends."
"I have to pay attention to why God removed me from [the show],” she said back in 2016. “And I believe he removed me from that situation to protect me from that situation.”
After ongoing social media feuds, Adrienne and Loni both stopped following Tamar on Twitter.
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Access Hollywood's Pat O'Brien and Nancy O'Dell
In his memoir, I'll Be Back After This, he claimed his former co-anchor never read a book “cover to cover."
"She could read a teleprompter with the best of them; the problem was she never knew what she was saying,” he wrote.