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Kathie Lee Gifford Disagrees With Kelly Ripa’s Assertions on Regis Philbin: I Will Not Read the Book

Kathie Lee Gifford has no intention of reading Kelly Ripa’s first book, but she dislikes her Live! replacement’s Regis Philbin stories.

Gifford, who co-hosted the morning show with Philbin from 1985 to 2000, was questioned about Ripa’s new memoir, which has been making headlines. Ripa discusses her relationship with Philbin in Live Wire, telling Yahoo Entertainment, “I have no illusions that there was this bond.”

“I was really saddened to see the headlines,” Gifford, 69, said on Fox 5’s Good Morning New York to Rosanna Scotto. “We see headlines every day, but you never know what’s true and what’s not… I thought, “I hope that’s not true. I only hope it’s not the case, since what’s the point? Actually, I don’t get it. I don’t get it. I will not read the book. I’ve never read it. I don’t even know if it has been released.”

In 2001, Ripa succeeded Gifford as co-host alongside Philbin for a decade. The former All My Children actress discusses Philbin in two chapters, describing some of his alleged requests, such as that her name is smaller than his on the title card and branding.

Ripa asserted that Philbin once referred to her as “it” while she was pregnant. The Live! tour The host of With Kelly and Ryan described working with Philbin as a “tremendous honor,” but added, “it was not an easy working relationship.” That could not be further from the truth, according to Gifford.

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“I simply know what Regis meant to me, Rosanna,” concluded Gifford. “He was the best professional partner I could have had for 15 years. However, he was my friend. After I left the program, for the next twenty years, we became even closer friends. Dearer pals. I saw him two weeks before he died.”

The television superstar died in 2020 of heart illness.

“We always continued just where we left off,” recounted Gifford. “We were just ideal for television together. In 15 years, we have never had an argument or spoken an unkind word. Thus, this was my actuality.”

Gifford hopes that Joy, Philbin’s widow, and his four adult children do not view Ripa’s story.

“Lord, protect Joy and the daughters from this,” Gifford prayed, adding, “In all the years I’ve known him, I’ve never witnessed him being nasty to anyone.”

Regarding Ripa, Gifford stated that she “would not speak negatively about anyone.”

She stated, “I never have and I won’t start now.” “All I’m saying is that my reality is something entirely different.”


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