Kelly Ripa: Becoming Regis Philbin's weekday partner was 'very accidental'


Kelly Ripa knows her time with Regis Philbin is getting ever shorter.The first-named partner of "Live! With Regis and Kelly" departs from the syndicated weekday talk show Friday, Nov. 18, then the search for Ripa's new partner will begin in earnest as she's joined by various people on the air. She landed her spot on the program in much the same way 10 years ago, after Kathie Lee Gifford left.While she's not looking forward to Philbin's goodbye, Ripa is readying herself for the consequent process. "They were very good to me here," she tells Zap2it, "in keeping me from knowing that I was ever in the running for anything. I really was filling in for [fellow daytime-soap veteran] Linda Dano, who I guess was auditioning. They never used the word 'audition' and they never said, 'You're a contender.' It was more, 'Linda Dano can't make it. Can you get over here?'"I worked at 'All My...


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