While Kelly Ripa may not have been very close with late Live! co-host Regis Philbin, Kathie Lee Gifford said she most definitely was — and that is why she hasn’t read Ripa’s book.
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Ripa co-hosted Live with Regis and Kelly from 2001-11, replacing Gifford on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. Ripa has said her relationship with Philbin was while promoting her new book, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.
“There were good and bad days,” she told People. She also painted Philbin as sort of an overbearing control freak when it came to the show.
Gifford, however, said she had a very different experience with Philbin during their time together, referring to him as more than just a co-host. He was also a friend, she said.
“I was very sorry to see the headlines” from Ripa’s recent interviews, Gifford told New York City’s Fox 5. “What’s the point?”
Gifford added that “I’m not going to read the book, I haven’t read it.”
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While it’s pretty evident Gifford wasn’t thrilled with Ripa, she more or less kept that part to herself.
“I’m not going to say anything ugly about anybody,” Gifford said. “I never have, and I’m not going to start now.”
Mostly, Gifford said she never saw Philbin being anything less than kind to everyone who met him. That’s quite a different depiction than the one being painted by Ripa.