Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa on set during Regis Philbin's Final Show of "Live! with Getty Images

While we wait to see exactly when — or, who knows, if — Kelly Ripa will come back to "Live with Kelly and Michael" following the fallout over Michael Strahan's surprise departure announcement, we can at least tally up who's sticking up for the plucky daytime host. And the loudest cheerleader in her corner? Former co-host Regis Philbin.


“I know what it is. They should have told her in the beginning,” he told paparazzi in response to the news, though he seems to — perhaps naively — think the next few months before Strahan leaves for "Good Morning America" will be smooth sailing. “They’re going to be alright. It’ll be fine,” he said. Whatever you say, Reeg.