Philbin, however, has come to Ripa's defense
upon learning that Strahan will be leaving Live!
in September to take on a full-time position at Good Morning America
. "I haven't talked to anybody," the 84-year-old entertainer said when asked if he's been in contact with his former co-host. "[Executive producer Michael] Gelman, you know ...I don't want to know. I know what it is.They should have told her in the beginning."