Celebrity Kelly Ripa Reacts to Her New Book By Kathie Lee Gifford: Kelly Ripa is reflecting on her lengthy TV career. In 2001, Ripa, 52, formally replaced Philbin’s longtime co-host, Kathie Lee Gifford, on Live, which later changed its name to Live with Regis and Kelly.
Currently, Ripa has opened up about the road that led to her joining Regis Philbin as a co-host on Live during an appearance on Dear Media’s Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast. She also discussed whether she would do it again if given the chance.
“If you’ve read the book [her memoir, Live Wire], you already know what it’s like when a new person joins a well-known show that runs like a well-oiled machine. I’m on his side in this whole thing,” She spoke. “He shouldn’t have needed to be assigned a host. That is unfair. I strongly support him in this book because he built this show and earned his keep.”
For a show of such magnitude, Ripa claimed that “it’s challenging” to combine “two strangers from two very different eras.” Because he was so well-known and established, she said, “I felt for him. It’s like very, very different people coming together in this workplace.”
Ripa claimed that when she initially accepted the position, she was unaware that she was “auditioning for the show” and thought she “was just stepping in for the day.” “I was informed that they weren’t seeking a host and that’s what they were doing. I responded, “No problem.” I’m already employed. I already feel quite overwhelmed,” She spoke.
“I have a young child. Nobody was aware that I was pregnant. It seemed like my mind was always thinking about these many topics. I had my hands full, so I was trying to think of a method to, like, get off camera and stay there. I had a lot on my plate, and I didn’t want to go through it all over again.”
Ripa found it “extremely unsettling” to suddenly have the opportunity “given” to her. “Although I lack any specialized knowledge in this area when has that ever stopped me? However, I was quite unconfident in my own abilities and hypersensitive to the opinions of those around me who felt that I was entering uncharted territory” She spoke up.
“I was unable to identify it. I didn’t even aware there were two competing factions within the organization until it was sort of described to me. I was very uneducated. I was merely a soap opera actor. All of that was unknown to me.”
Ripa thinks “he obviously didn’t need me there,” even though she “can’t answer” whether Philbin would have preferred to conduct the show alone. Despite realizing how people “connected” to her, the former soap actress “didn’t feel like I offered anything to him at the beginning.” Ripa’s fate on the show might have been very different had she been aware of behind-the-scenes concerns earlier.
“I wouldn’t have carried it out. No, “She fessed up. “I wouldn’t have done it if I knew beforehand. How sad for me, too. Sadly for me. Fortunately, the adage “ignorance is bliss” is accurate. Knowledge is happiness.
I had no idea that there was a such fierce conflict between these two camps and that I was viewed as something absurd like a network girl. I was a part of a soap opera’s ensemble cast of forty people. I, therefore, didn’t think of myself as anything. I regarded myself as merely an actress.”
The difficulty Ripa encountered in the show’s early seasons, according to her, was also “essential” to some people not wanting her in the part at first. There will always be a level of ‘what’s this about?’ when you are the new person, she said.
She continued, “I believe the reason the audience connected with me, and, I’m so thankful they did the way they did and as swiftly as they did, was because I was struggling in public. Perhaps they didn’t see it as a struggle, but they did see something in me that they saw in themselves: a person who was genuinely unsure of what they were doing.”
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Philbin eventually quit the long-running show in 2011 after 24 seasons. He passed away in July 2020 at the age of 88. 2012 saw the official announcement of Michael Strahan as Ripa’s new co-host after a protracted search for Philbin’s replacement.
However, the 50-year-old former NFL player abruptly departed the show in 2016 to join Good Morning America. Now, Ripa and Ryan Seacrest co-host the syndicated morning program during the workweek.