Revealing the mystery! Kelly Ripa has opened up that Regis Philbin didn't speak off-air during their time hosting Live! With Kelly and Regis for 11 years, multiple sources have confirmed.
In an interview with The New York Times published on Sunday, December 10, the 46-year-old former soap actress said:
Regis had a mandate: Absolutely no talking off-camera,
Kelly Ripa Reveals Reason Why Regis Philbin Didn’t Talk to Her Off-Air: He ‘Had a Mandate’
She further added about her former Live! co-host, 86:
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 hosted together every morning from 2001 to 2011 before the legendary New York-bred broadcaster retired.
In February 2017, during an interview with Larry King, Regis admitted that he hasn’t spoken to Kelly since he left the show.
At the time, he told the late-night talk show host:
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.
In the NYT interview, the mother of three children noted that things have changed since her new morning sidekick, Ryan Seacrest, joined the ABC daytime talk show in May 2017, perceiving that the two socialize off-air, texting at night and even hanging out on weekends.