“I just remember when Regis left it was so scary,” she said while discussing the departure of her co-host at the time, Michael Strahan, who left Live! for Good Morning America and was replaced by Ryan Seacrest in 2017.

“Because we – meaning me – had never done this before. Regis had done it many times, and he was so good at it,” Ripa said of Philbin.

“It makes you terrified,” she continued. “Like can I do this without Regis being here?”

Ripa, who continues to host Live! with Seacrest, also opened up about the impact Philbin had on her even before she joined him on the show.

“I really understand the show from the audience standpoint,” she previously told PEOPLE. “Regis and Kathie Lee were my life. When I came to New York and moved into my little dressing room at All My Children, they were my best friends.”

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