Howard Stern muses about Regis Philbin leaving talk show: ‘Kelly, I don’t think likes Regis’

Howard Stern speaks at the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cleveland on April 14, 2018. (Photo: Michael Zorn, Michael Zorn/Invision/AP)

Howard Stern is sharing his thoughts on Regis Philbin leaving “Live! With Regis and Kelly.”

Philbin was brought up during “The Howard Stern Show” with guest Jimmy Kimmel, who mentioned he would be on the re-named talk show “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”

“Well, Kelly (Ripa) I don’t think likes Regis. That’s the thing. They have a war,” Stern said.

“I don’t think that’s true,” Kimmel laughed.

“I think it is true, I think she would say that it’s true,” Stern persisted. “They don’t talk or anything as far as I know. I thought it was an issue where Kelly felt that she should’ve been told by Regis that he was leaving the show.”

“I don’t think Regis left on his own accord,” co-host Robin Quivers chimed in.

“No, Regis didn’t leave on his own accord,” Kimmel added, which brought an end to the discussion.

In a 2017 interview with Larry King, Regis Philbin revealed that he hasn’t stayed in touch with Ripa since he left the show in 2011.

“She got very offended when I left,” he told King. “She thought I was leaving because of her. I was leaving because I was getting older and it wasn’t right for me anymore.”

USA TODAY has reached out to WABC for comment.

Earlier in the show, Stern asked, “Don’t you think they should have Regis on that show once a year at least? I don’t understand why they don’t.”

“Why the abandonment?” Quivers added.

“You think he still wants to be on?” Kimmel asked.

“Yes, I do,” Stern replied. “I think he would’ve liked to at least be associated in some way with the show and remind people that he’s the guy who started that whole thing.”

Kimmel said he wasn’t sure of Philbin’s feelings about it.

“I don’t know. I haven’t spoken to him about this. I would be curious,” he said.

In his interview with King, Philbin said he hadn’t been invited back to the show.

But in a statement at that time to USA TODAY Dave Davis, the president and general manager of WABC, which produces “Live,” contradicted that claim.

“It was wonderful to have Regis on the show for our 2015 Halloween special,” Davis noted. “He’s also been invited back several times as a guest, and in fact was confirmed for a date, but was not able to make it at the time.”

Contributing: Jayme Deerwester

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