Kathie Lee Gifford backs 'great friend' Regis Philbin amid drama

Kathie Lee Gifford supports 'great friend' Regis Philbin amid Kelly Ripa drama

Kathie Lee Gifford says Regis Philbin never had 'an unkind word'

Because he defended the TV legend after Kelly Ripa criticized his former co-host in a new book.

Regis Philbin introduces new co-host Kelly Ripa in July 2001

Kathie Lee Gifford"Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee" first received national syndication in September 1988

Three years after Regis and Kathie Lee were paired together for the New York-based program "The Morning Show".

Kathie Lee Gifford was 'grateful' for her decades-long friendship with Regis Philbin, who died of a heart attack in 2020. He was 88 years old.