By Corey Atad.

Kelly Ripa is opening up about the tensions behind the scenes with her late co-host.

In an interview with People about her new memoir, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories, the “Live!” host shares the section on joining the show with then-host Regis Philbin was the “hardest chapter to write.”

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Ripa, who had been a soap opera star, joined “Live!” in 2001, replacing Philbin’s departed co-host, Kathie Lee Gifford.

“I don’t want to feel like I’m slamming anyone or that I’m being disrespectful. But I also want people to know it was not a cakewalk,” Ripa says of that time. “It took years to earn my place there and earn the things that are routinely given to the men I worked with. Including an office and a place to put my computer.”

She recalls being told she wasn’t allowed to bring “an entourage” to set on her first day, despite only having a hair and makeup person with her.

“Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage,” she says Philbin remarked to the show’s executive producer, Michael Gelman.

“I felt horrible,” Ripa says. “He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”


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