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What Kelly Ripa Learned from Regis Philbin – and How She'll Use Those Lessons to Move Forward

Originally posted 05/12/2016 11:00AM

Kelly Ripa is opening up in this exclusive interview on how she really feels about Michael Strahan's departure from Live – and what's next for her. Subscribe now for her side of the story, only in PEOPLE!

Kelly Ripa has spent 16-years co-hosting Live – 10 of those in the seat next to founding co-host Regis Philbin.

Now, in the wake of Michael Strahan's departure from the show, Ripa is finding a path forward by looking back on the lessons she learned from Philbin, now 84.

"I just remember when Regis left it was so scary," Ripsa she tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "Because we – meaning me – had never done this before. Regis had done it many times, and he was so good at it."

"It makes you terrified," Ripa continued. "Like can I do this without Regis being here?"

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Regis Philbin Wishes Michael Strahan Well Post-Live! Exit: 'Next Stop Could be Washington'

Originally posted 04/20/2016 02:35PM

Kelly Ripa's former Live! co-host Regis Philbin is among those who wish Michael Strahan well after new broke on Tuesday that Ripa's current Live! co-host is leaving the show to expand his role on Good Morning America.

In a statement exclusively shared with PEOPLE, Philbin noted, "Years ago I interviewed Michael Strahan on my show, and I asked him what he will do when he leaves the Giants. He said, 'I want your job,' and years later he got it. Now he's moving on to GMA. Next stop could be Washington."

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10 Things You Maybe Didn't Know About New Year's Rockin' Eve

10 Things You Maybe Didn't Know About New Year's Rockin' Eve

Originally posted 12/30/2015 12:30PM

There's a good chance those reading this article can't remember a Dec. 31 without Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. Even if you don't watch the annual, year-end special at home, it's hard to escape. It's on in bars. It's on at parties. And sometimes people will actually turn on the TV just to watch the Times Square countdown. It's that well-integrated into the holiday.

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12 People You Probably Forgot Made Christmas Albums

12 People You Probably Forgot Made Christmas Albums

Originally posted 11/23/2015 06:00PM

Making a Christmas album is a risky endeavor: An artist could give fans new Christmas canon favorites – or could butcher near-sacred songs and earn the contempt of the masses.

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Kathie Lee Gifford Relives the Moment She Had to Tell Daughter Cassidy Her Father Frank Had Died

Kathie Lee Gifford Relives the Moment She Had to Tell Daughter Cassidy Her Father Frank Had Died

Originally posted 08/21/2015 11:15AM

Despite being back to work on Today, the terrible memory of finding her husband Frank Gifford dead in their home on Aug. 9 is still very fresh in Kathie Lee Gifford's mind.

She opened up about those shocking moments on Friday morning's show, with the help of longtime friend and former Live! co-host Regis Philbin.

"You know what I hadn't told people?" Gifford said early in the show. "He had just gotten the best medical report he'd had in eight years on Friday. He was doing great."

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Regis Philbin Shares Memories of Frank Gifford's Happy Last Days: 'He Looked So Strong'

Regis Philbin Shares Memories of Frank Gifford's Happy Last Days: 'He Looked So Strong'

Originally posted 08/19/2015 10:20AM

It was a night like so many others.

On Saturday, Aug. 1, Regis Philbin and wife Joy visited close pals Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford at their Greenwich, Connecticut, home to enjoy dinner and drinks under the stars in their lush backyard.

"There Frank was, handsome as ever," Philbin tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week's issue. As his former Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee co-host offered up her signature candid stories – "She was, of course, a riot" – her husband, the dashing former New York Giants star and Emmy-winning sports broadcaster, "was smiling and laughing," says Philbin.

That night, says Philbin, Frank "looked so good, so strong and healthy." But just eight days later, Philbin learned that his dear friend had suddenly collapsed at home and died at age 84. "I just couldn't believe it," he says. "Nobody could."

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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Turns 15: Can You Answer the Winning Questions? | Regis Philbin

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Turns 15: Can You Answer the Show's Million Dollar Questions?

Originally posted 08/16/2014 10:20AM

Fifteen years ago, America was asked a very important question: Who wants to be a millionaire?

Turns out lots of people were interested in getting an extra seven figures, and so a game show was born. Originally hosted by Regis Philbin, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? premiered on Aug. 16, 1999. Through the years, the program made some tweaks, but the basic principles have stayed the same.

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How a Chimp on a Bike Once Got Regis Philbin in Trouble | Late Night, Regis Philbin, Seth Meyers

A Chimp on a Bike Once Got Regis Philbin in Trouble (VIDEO)

Originally posted 07/17/2014 08:35AM

The highs and lows of the NBC page program (like fetching nachos from Yankee Stadium) were frequent plot points on Tina Fey's beloved comedy 30 Rock, which featured Jack McBrayer as Kenneth, the perennially put-upon and relentlessly cheerful page.

According to Regis Philbin's appearance on Late Night Wednesday, 30 Rock might not have been that far off.

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Revisit the Stars Who Played Themselves on How I Met Your Mother | How I Met Your Mother, Alan Thicke, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Nicole Scherzinger, Tim Gunn

Revisit the Stars Who Played Themselves on How I Met Your Mother

Originally posted 03/31/2014 10:00AM

Over nine seasons, How I Met Your Mother has acquired an impressive list of celebrity guest appearances.

There was Britney Spears as the dippy dermatologist's assistant obsessed with Ted (Josh Radnor). There was Bryan Cranston as the architect whose buildings always seemed to resemble – how shall we put this delicately? – male anatomy. Even Jane Seymour ditched Dr. Quinn's period attire for the sexy style of Marshall's (Jason Segel) cougar law school professor whom Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) just couldn't tame.

But there's a much smaller circle of stars who've managed to do something even more unique: play themselves. Some became part of long-running gags, others only filmed one-off appearances – but all were legen–wait for it–dary.

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Kim Russo Talks Ghosts, What's Haunting Regis Philbin

Originally posted 10/26/2012 04:00PM



At a café in midtown Manhattan, a late-lunch assortment of New Yorkers dot the tables in what could be considered a fairly small crowd for 2:30 in the afternoon.

But Kim Russo would probably say it's jam-packed. The Long Island, N.Y., resident sees beyond the latte-drinkers and customers ordering up salads. She sees people, she says, who others may or may not see – because these people inhabit the spirit world.

Russo is a medium (not to be confused with the Long Island Medium), meaning she has the ability to tap into this controversial realm, where she says she can communicate with spirits and ghosts.

"I don't dial the dead," Russo – whose show The Haunting Of premieres on the Biography Channel Saturday (10 p.m. EST) – tells PEOPLE. "It's whoever shows up."

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