- So it was no surprise that Kathie Lee Gifford recalled only positive memories working with Regis Philbin amid claims Kelly Ripa, who filled in Gifford’s seat in 2001 when she left the show the year before, had difficulties with the late broadcaster.
- “I’m not going to comment on Kelly’s story. It’s hers. She can say whatever she wants,” Gifford exclusively told Fox News Digital. “I’m a big believer in freedom of expression. I don’t believe we’re supposed to cancel anybody. She has the right to tell her story as she remembers it.”
Ripa, a former “All My Children” star, caught criticism earlier this month when excerpts of her new memoir revealed her “great privilege” of working with Philbin.