Six years ago, Regis Philbin retired from his hosting duties on Live! With Regis and Kelly. Prior to that, he and his co-host Kelly Ripa, made the perfect daytime television pair for ten years.
The duo brought something different to the show, which had been on air decades before they took over. So understandably, when Philbin announced his retirement, shortly after the 10th anniversary of the show, Ripa was not happy.
In an interview with Larry King Now, Philbin spoke about his rocky relationship between him and Ripa. When asked if he keeps in touch with his former Live! co-host, Philbin replied, "Not really, no, no."
“She got very offended when I left. She thought I was leaving because of her. I was leaving because I was getting older and it wasn’t right for me anymore,” the 85-year-old explained. He added that Ripa took his departure personally, and has never asked him to come back on the show.
Since the interview, which took place earlier this year, there have multiple reports of Ripa avoiding Philbin whenever she could. She reportedly even left a cocktail early so she wouldn't run into Philbin, who arrived later.
"Kelly arrived early and left before Regis arrived," Radar Online reported. "Since Regis left the show he has had no contact with Kelly and revealed that she hasn’t returned any of his calls."
Unlike Philbin, Ripa, who now hosts Live! with Ryan Seacrest, has been very quiet about their relationship, until now.