Kelly Ripa Admits That Regis Philbin Had a Surprising Rule When They Worked Together

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest Are Totally #FriendGoals Both On and Off-Screen

Kelly Ripa may have the perfect work-life relationship with LIVE with Kelly and Ryan co-host Ryan Seacrest nowadays, but apparently, that wasn’t always the case.  According to the show’s longtime staple, the same couldn’t necessarily be said of her relationship with former co-host Regis Philbin.

“Regis had a mandate: Absolutely no talking off-camera,” Ripa told The New York Times in a new interview. Speaking of the man who hosted the show (in its various forms) since way back in 1985 before leaving it behind in 2011, she said, “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!’” Yikes!

Ripa, 46, says things are completely different now. Though fans’ initial reactions to the news that the KUWTK producer would be  joining her back in May were less than stellar, the duo has since proven that they have the kind of chemistry that’s *definitely* worth watching, both on-screen (did you SEE their epic Halloween costumes?), and in their off-camera lives, thanks to their RL friendship —  she and the American Idol host even text at night and hang out on weekends.

It’s a change not only from Philbin, but also former co-host Michael Strahan, whose exit from the show caused quite the bruhaha, with Ripa calling Seacrest not only the “future of the franchise” but the “future of ABC.” High praise, indeed!

In return, her new BFF told the Times, “If it were raining outside and there was a puddle, I’d want to stand in front of Kelly so she wouldn’t get wet. There’s that protection thing.” Awww!

It certainly works for the show: As the show’s producer, Michael Gelman, told the outlet, “The hosts have changed, but the overall concept continues on: two people, a man and a woman, and enjoying the chemistry between them.”

Hear, hear!

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