Kelly Ripa is speaking her healing truth.
The talk show host is revealing the reality of her complicated relationship with former co-host Regis Philbin in her new Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories. Though Kelly admitted to People that this was “the hardest chapter to write,” she noted that there were “good and bad days.”
The Emmy award-winning host shared how she really felt about her early days on Live! With Regis and Kelly, recalling, “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.”
When the daytime star first got the call from her agent saying she got the job, she said she was given a very clear warning: “They want you to know who your boss is.”
Speaking of that moment, she added, “It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”
“It took years to earn my place there,” she continued, “and earn things that are routinely given to the men I worked with. Including an office and a place to put my computer.”
In 2001, Kelly replaced Regis’ previous co-host Kathie Lee Gifford, a transition Kelly confessed was no walk in the park. “The biggest misconception is that it all came easily,” Ripa said. “People think I just showed up one day and was handed a job and I lived happily ever after and now everything’s perfect. But it never is that way.”