Kathie Lee Gifford has no plans to learn Kelly Ripa’s first guide — however she would not admire her Dwell! alternative’s anecdotes about Regis Philbin.
Gifford, who co-hosted the morning present with Philbin from 1985 to 2000, was requested about Ripa’s new headline-making memoir. In Dwell Wire, Ripa opens up about her relationship with Philbin even telling Yahoo Leisure, “I make no illusions that there was this friendship.”
“I used to be very sorry to see the headlines,” Gifford, 69, instructed Rosanna Scotto on Fox 5’s Good Day New York. “We see headlines on a regular basis, , you by no means know what’s true and what’s not true… I went, ‘I hope this isn’t true. I simply hope it is not.’ Trigger what’s the purpose? You recognize, I do not get it. I do not get it. I’m not gonna learn the guide. I have not learn it. I do not even know if it is out but.”
Ripa changed Gifford in 2001 and co-hosted with Philbin for a decade. The All My Youngsters alum writes about Philbin in two chapters, detailing a few of her former co-star’s alleged requests — like that her identify be smaller than his on the title card and branding. Ripa claimed Philbin as soon as referred to her whereas pregnant as “it.” The Dwell! With Kelly and Ryan host known as it “an incredible privilege” to have labored alongside Philbin, however defined “it was not a simple working relationship.” Gifford mentioned that could not be farther from her reality.
“I simply know what Regis was to me, Rosanna,” Gifford continued. “He was 15 years the very best associate I may ever, ever have professionally. However he was my good friend. We had been pricey pals and after I left the present for the subsequent 20 years we turned higher pals. Dearer pals. I noticed him two weeks earlier than he died.”
The TV icon handed away in 2020 from coronary heart illness.
“We all the time simply picked up proper the place we left off,” Gifford recalled. “We had been completely good collectively for tv. We by no means had an argument, not an unkind phrase in 15 years. In order that was my actuality.”
Gifford hopes Philbin’s widow, Pleasure, and his 4 grownup youngsters do not see Ripa’s tales.
“Lord, shield Pleasure and the ladies from this,” Gifford mentioned, emphasizing: “In all of the years I’ve identified him, I by no means noticed him unkind to anyone.”
As for Ripa, Gifford mentioned she’s “not going to say something ugly about anyone.”
“I by no means have, and I am not going to start out now,” she mentioned. “I am simply saying my actuality is one thing utterly completely different than that.”
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