He also noted that the show “never once” asked him to return to guest host for the day.
“She got very offended when I left. She thought I was leaving because of her,” Philbin claimed of Ripa. “I was leaving because I was getting older and that wasn’t right for me anymore.”
Philbin thinks that Ripa took his exit very personally, noting, “That was 11 years ago, and I…”
“Haven’t heard?” King offered.
“Never have,” Philbin said.
However, according to Dave Davis, President and General Manager of WABC, Philbin has been asked back to Live! and even appeared on the show recently. "It was wonderful to have Regis on the show for our 2015 Halloween special," Davis tellst ET. "He’s also been invited back several times as a guest, and in fact was confirmed for a date, but was not able to make it at the time."