Regis Philbin says Kelly Ripa was 'very offended' when he left 'Live'

The revelation of a silent feud might explain why Philbin was absent from the star-studded special episode of "Live!" in February 2016, celebrating Ripa's 15 years as a host of the show.

Aside from not ever hearing from Kelly, Reeg admitted that "never once" has he been invited back on the show, even though he hosted the program for 28 years.

"She thought I was leaving because of her", Philbin said.

"Yeah, I think so", the former morning show host said. "That was [years] ago".

When quizzed by King whether he remained in contact with Kelly, Philbin replied, "Not really, no".

King wasn't the first interviewer to probe Philbin about his rocky post-show relationship with Ripa. Would it be every night?

We all know about Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan's falling-out after ABC announced - without giving Ripa a heads-up - that it would be moving him to "Good Morning America" past year. "Every day?" Philbin said. "I do miss it". He revealed in this interview that he hasn't once been asked to return for a spot on Live with Kelly. There are times when I really miss it and wish I'd never stopped. "With Regis And Kelly" in 2011, surprising many-and apparently driving a wedge between himself and Kelly Ripa. Since his exit, Regis has not made guest-hosting appearances on the show. "But, you know, I just figured it was time to let it go".

Vanessa Coleman