Kelly Ripa Doesn't Keep in Touch with Regis

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Kelly Ripa Doesn't Keep in Touch with Regis

Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin's playful banter was a staple of their talk show LIVE for more than a decade, but Kelly said she doesn't keep in touch with her former co-host and hasn't seen Regis since he left the show in November 2011.

Kelly -- who was honored by The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday along with her current co-host Michael Strahan for making its annual 35 Most Powerful People in Media list -- told the publication that she doesn't really stay in touch with 81-year-old Regis. "I haven't seen him, no," she said.

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When asked whether Regis has any similarities to current sidekick Strahan, Kelly said, "Well they're both incredible storytellers." She also joked that Regis could even keep up with Strahan -- a former NFL star -- on the football field. "They are both fiercely competitive, and they're both incredible football players."

Showbiz veteran Regis recently announced that he's returning to TV to host a show for FOX Sports 1 called Rush Hour -- during which he'll discuss sports topics with a panel of sports professionals, celebrity guests and fans.

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