Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin of "Live! With Regis and Kelly" haven't kept in touch.
Philbin retired from the show in November 2011 after hosting the talker since 1988, first with Kathie Lee Gifford. Ripa replaced Gifford in 2001, and when it was announced that Philbin would also be bidding the show adieu, Ripa did test-runs with various co-host contenders before ultimately settling on former NFL star Michael Strahan in September 2012.
The announcement was made to quite a bit of fanfare, since Strahan was one of 50 guest hosts who had stopped by "Live!" in 10 months. "Live! With Kelly and Michael" took off with what Ripa, 42, called "a new era of our show."
Ripa compared her two partners at the Hollywood Reporter's bash this week to celebrate the 35 powerful people in the media, saying, "Well they're both incredible storytellers," jokingly adding, "They are both fiercely competitive, and they're both incredible football players."