Kelly Ripa now has a different take on life with Regis and Kelly

It’s no secret that Kelly Ripa’s book Live Wire is getting a lot of public attention. While the book is currently on the New York Times Best Seller list, Ripa has made her name in the press for her comments about former co-host Regis Philbin, as well as her back-and-forth feud with Kathie Lee Gifford. for which she famously took over when Gifford left Live in 2000.

It all started when Ripa sat down for an interview with People and spilled the tea about her time working with Philbin. Ripa said she had “good days and bad days” in her ten years with Philbin, although she insisted she wasn’t trying to be “disrespectful” or rude. “I also want people to know that it wasn’t a cakewalk. It took me years to earn my place there and earn things that are routinely given to the men I’ve worked with,” she shared. “Including an office and a place for my computer.” When Gifford got wind of Ripa’s interview, she said she didn’t want to read Ripa’s book. In an interview with Fox News, Gifford called Philbin a “great friend.”

Upon hearing Gifford’s interview, Ripa appeared on the Not Skinny Not Fat podcast, where she said, “I’m a person who tends to take a negative and turn it into a positive. And so my final comment is: Thank you.” seems to allude to Gifford’s comments. And that’s not the only thing she shared during her performance.

Kelly Ripa Says She Wouldn’t Do Live Again

Can you imagine a world where Kelly Ripa hasn’t signed on to host alongside Regis Philbin? Well, if Ripa had known what she knows now, she might never have done it. Discussing the hit show on the Not Skinny Not Fat podcast, Ripa didn’t hold back.

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“If I had known [about the show’s issues] go in, I wouldn’t have done it. And how sad for me,” she admitted, adding that “sometimes ignorance is bliss.” When she landed the first gig, the mother-of-three explained that she didn’t know there was so much drama between Philbin and ABC But she still said she sided with Philbin for a reason: “He didn’t need to have had a host assigned to him. That’s not fair. He paid his dues and created this show,” she added.

In a since-deleted Instagram post (via Prevention), Ripa spoke fondly of Philbin after his death in 2020. She shared that she was “sad” at the loss of her former colleague, calling him “the ultimate class” who has “brought his laughter and joy to our homes every day” over the years.