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Philbin says he hasn’t been in touch with Ripa lately

NEW YORK (AP) — Regis Philbin says he hasn’t kept in touch with his former TV co-host Kelly Ripa since he decided to leave the show they headlined together, even though he last appeared on the show in 2015.

In an interview with “Larry King Now” that was posted online Wednesday, Philbin says Ripa took it personally and was offended when he decided to leave their show “Live! with Regis and Kelly” in 2011. He says she thought he was leaving because of her. He also said he hadn’t been invited back since his departure.

However, Philbin did appear on “Live! With Kelly” in 2015 for a Halloween special. In a statement on Thursday, the president and general manager of WABC, which produces the show, said it was wonderful having him on the show.

“He’s also been invited back several times as a guest, and in fact was confirmed for a date, but was not able to make it,” said Dave Davis.

Philbin, who’s 85, told King he left the show because he was getting older and it “wasn’t right for me anymore.”

Philbin said he still misses hosting. Asked if he would come back to television, he said it would depend on how often he would appear.

Willie Nelson to return to stage after fighting cold

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Willie Nelson is set to return to the stage after missing several shows because of a cold.

Publicist Elaine Schock says the 83-year-old country star will perform Thursday night at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

Nelson missed a three-night stint in California last week, as well as shows set for New Mexico and Arizona, because of what Schock says was a terrible cold that required rest. Prior to that, he canceled two Las Vegas shows in late January but returned for the last three in early February.

The singer-songwriter is set to release a new album this spring called “God’s Problem Child.” He won a Grammy over the weekend for best traditional pop vocal album with “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin.”

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