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Regis Philbin shares a laugh with new co-host Kelly Ripa during a broadcast of LIVE! with Regis and Kelly on Feb. 5, 2001, in New York. / Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa appear on Regis farewell episode of LIVE! with Regis and Kelly on Nov. 18, 2011. - Provided courtesy of AP Photo / Kathy Willens / Charles Sykes

Kelly Ripa lost touch with Regis Philbin after 'LIVE' exit?

04/12/2013 by Corinne Heller

Has Kelly Ripa lost touch with Regis Philbin, her longtime co-host of daytime series "LIVE! with Regis and Kelly"?

Philbin, now 81, left the show on Nov. 18, 2011, after hosting the program in its various formats for more than 28 years and was given a special tribute on his last day. Ripa said then that her life "forever changed" when she joined "LIVE!" more than 10 years earlier. In September 2012, NFL star Michael Strahan replaced Philbin and the show was renamed to "LIVE! with Kelly and Michael."

Strahan and Ripa were recently named No. 1 on The Hollywood Reporter's annual list of the 35 Most Powerful People in Media, which was released on Wednesday. Ripa attended a party celebrating the honorees and was asked by the outlet if she has kept in touch with Philbin.

"I haven't seen him, no," The Hollywood Reporter quoted her as saying.

Philbin has not commented. After he left "LIVE!," he continued to appear on television, making guest appearances on various shows, and is getting ready for a new hosting job -- hewill host a sports show on Fox Sports 1, a new cable and satellite channel that is set to launch in August of this year.

Check out 8 types of TV appearances Regis Philbin has made since leaving "LIVE!":

    1. Regis Philbin appears in a Super Bowl commercial for PepsiMax - January 2012.

    2. Regis Philbin guest co-hosts the ABC daytime talk show "The View" - he appeared on the ABC daytime talk show on April 17, 2012 and on March 4, 2013.

    3. Regis Philbin guest stars on TV Land sitcom "Hot in Cleveland" - twice! - he played Pierre, Betty White's character's love interest on two episodes, which aired in June and November 2012

    4. Regis Philbin appears on "The Rachael Ray" show - he made more than a dozen appearances on the cooking program between January 2012 and January 2013.

    5. Regis Philbin appears on "The Late Show with David Letterman" show - he chatted with Dave on seven episodes of the CBS late-night show, between February 2012 and April 2013.

    6. Regis Philbin appears on "Fox and Friends" - in an interview with the Fox News program on March 6, 2013, he talked about his new Fox Sports 1 show.

    "I never anticipated going back to sports. The very first job I did was in San Diego, California, doing a little sports for the news," he said.

    "It's going to be a panel of people and we're going to have some fun in addition to the sports," he added. "You know, if we bring in George Clooney, sure, we're going to talk about George and the new movie [he's promoting] and then, you know, we're going to talk about sports. What was George's team? What is it right now ... who were his heroes growing up?"

    7. Regis Philbin appears on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" - he was interviewed on the CBS late-night show four times between December 2011 and November 2012.

    8. Regis Philbin appears on NBC's late-night talk show "Last Call with Carson Daly" - April 9, 2013.

(Pictured above: Regis Philbin shares a laugh with new co-host Kelly Ripa during a broadcast of 'LIVE! with Regis and Kelly' on Feb. 5, 2001, in New York. Ripa, previously known for her role on ABC's soap opera 'All My Children,' replaced Kathie Lee Gifford, who left the show in July 2000. / Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa appear on Regis' farewell episode of 'LIVE! with Regis and Kelly,' in New York on Nov. 18, 2011. Credit: AP Photo / Kathy Willens / Charles Sykes)

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