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Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin don't keep in touch

Entertainment Tonight, Thursday, April 11, 2013, 2:35pm (PDT)

Entertainment Tonight.

Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin's playful banter was a staple of their talk show "LIVE" for more than a decade, but Ripa said she doesn't keep in touch with her former co-host and hasn't seen Regis since he left the show in November 2011.

Ripa -- who was honored by The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday along with her current co-host Michael Strahan for making its annual 35 Most Powerful People in Media list -- told the publication that she doesn't really stay in touch with 81-year-old Philbin. "I haven't seen him, no," she said.

When asked whether Philbin has any similarities to current sidekick Strahan, Ripa  said, "Well they're both incredible storytellers." She also joked that Regis could even keep up with Strahan -- a former NFL star -- on the football field. "They are both fiercely competitive, and they're both incredible football players."

Showbiz veteran Philbin recently announced that he's returning to TV to host a show for FOX Sports 1 called "Rush Hour" -- during which he'll discuss sports topics with a panel of sports professionals, celebrity guests and fans.

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