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Kelly Ripa On Relationship With Ryan Seacrest Compared To Former Co-Hosts

Kelly Ripa (photosKelly Ripa photos) is comparing her relationship with friend Ryan Seacrest to former co-hosts Regis Philbin and Michael Strahan.

In an interview with The New York Times, Ripa says her friendship with Seacrest is vastly different from her relationships with her former co-hosts.

"Regis had a mandate: Absolutely no talking off-camera," she tells the paper. "He had almost a superstition about it. You save it for the show. I'd be like, ‘Good morning,' and he'd say, 'Save it for the air!'"

Ripa says in contrast she's always hanging out with Seacrest.

"He's the future of the franchise," she raves. "He's the future of ABC."

The host says she described the show to Seacrest, before he joined, as "a local television show that's broadcast across the country."

It's no secret that Ripa is upset with the previous co-hosts for leaving the daytime talk show.

"I wasn't surprised by her reaction at all, but I can't control somebody else's actions," Michael Strahan told People about the fallout around his exit. "I was there four years, and it's about more than just being in front of the camera."

Meanwhile, Regis Philbin explained: "She thought I was leaving because of her. I was leaving because I was getting older and it wasn't right for me anymore."

December 12, 2017 |

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