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Kelly Ripa reveals the greatest life lesson Regis Philbin taught her

Words of wisdom. Kelly Ripa revealed the main life lesson that Regis Philbin taught her when they were together Life! With Regis and Kelly together.

In a sneak peek of Upcoming ABC News 20/20 especially about Philbin, the All my children alum, 49, shared what she had learned from him. “What I think my biggest takeaway of the 11 years I shared with him was that you have to be yourself,” she explains. ‘You can’t be one person in front of the camera and another person when the lights go out or the audience is gone. You must be who you are. ‘

Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin in New York City in 2005. Henry Lamb / BEI / Shutterstock

Ripa also says in the clip that she was incredulous when she heard that Philbin died on Friday, July 24, and said, “That must be a mistake. That is not true. There was a time when I had this incredible hope that it was somehow misreported. ‘

Ripa served as Philbin’s cohost Life! With Regis and Kelly 11 years from 2001 to 2011. When Philbin left the show, Michael Strahan came into the picture in 2012 but left in 2016 Good morning America. Ryan Seacrest participated in the morning show the following year.

In the wake of Philbin’s passing, Ripa posted a joint statement on Instagram on Sunday, July 26 with Seacrest, 45. The post was shared with a photo of the trio posing with Mickey Mouse.

“We are extremely saddened to learn about the loss of Regis Philbin,” the statement said read. “He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our home every day Life for over 23 years. We were lucky to have him as a mentor in our career and strived every day to fill his shoes on the show. We send our deepest love and condolences to his family and hope they can find some comfort in knowing that he left the world a better place. ”

Kelly Ripa reveals Regis Philbin's greatest life lesson taught her
Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin pose with one of their Relly Awards on the set of their TV talk show “Live With Regis & Kelly” on September 16, 2004 in New York City. Ed Bailey / AP / Shutterstock

The next day, Ripa addressed Philbin’s death Life! With Kelly and Ryan. The Hope faith alum said she was with her husband, Mark Consuelos, and their three children when she heard the disturbing news.

“We were all together when we heard this terrible news,” she said with tearing eyes. “As people age, you always know that certain things are inevitable, and death is one of those things, but Regis is one of the people we all thought would somehow find a way to avoid the inevitable bypass. I didn’t think it was in the cards. ‘

Seacrest, for his part, confessed that he “did not believe” that Philbin had died despite receiving a text message before the news was made public. The American idol host also recalled watching the TV legend early in his own broadcasting career.

Us weekly confirmed that Philbin died on Saturday July 25, that Philbin died of natural causes at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife, Joy Philbin, and children Joanna, JJ and Amy.

Regis Philbin: The Morning Maestro – A Special Edition of 20/20 aired on ABC Tuesday, July 28 at 8 p.m. ET.