Kelly Ripa looks back on her time working with the late Regis Philbin.
After Philbin spent decades on television, the actress staged “Direct! With Kelly and Regis ”- now“ Live with Kelly and Ryan ”- 2001-2011.
In a preview from the upcoming ABC special phone featured on a late-day TV icon, 49-year-old Ripa opened up about working with the legend.
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“I think the biggest takeover of my 11 years that I shared with him was that you have to be yourself,” the former soap star said. “You can’t be one person in a camera and another person when the light goes out or the audience is gone.”;
She added, “You have to be who you are.”
Similarly, the winner of the Daytime Emmy said Philbino’s “talent was entirely his own and turned everyone else into a star of the show.”
“I think his love for people will also be his legacy,” she said.
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Ripa also made his thoughts public when he heard the news of Philbin’s approach.
“It was this moment – and my daughter seemed to crystallize it for me,” Lola said. “It must be a mistake. It can’t be right,” she recalled. “And there was a moment when I had this incredible hope that it was somehow misreported.”
Ripa also explained that after hearing the sad news, her thoughts spread to Philbin’s daughters Joanna and JJ, his wife Joy and Kathie Lee Gifford, who were visiting with Philbin before entering Rip.
However, not only the actress, who was close to Philbin, but also her children, whom Philbin once raised, were captured on camera in clips that made Ripai a “special emotion.”
“There comes a moment when Regis brushes Lolai’s teeth and she stares at him, and he tells her,‘ You little witch [woman]”,” she recalled. “Just the way he talked to her in such a very sweet way.”
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The special film Regis Philbin: Morning Maestro was shown on ABC on Tuesday night.