"What's the point? I don't get it," said Gifford -- who also made it clear she would not be reading it.
update at 12:15pm PT October 18, 2022
Kelly Ripa has two words to say to Kathie Lee Gifford after shading her new book.
Appearing on the Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast this week, Ripa was asked what she made of Gifford publicly saying she wouldn't be reading the memoir -- which included Kelly opening up about some of her tensions with Regis Philbin on "Live!"
She first explained why responding was a bit of a "conundrum" for her, calling it an "ironic" situation because of what she specifically writes about in the book.
"I didn't see the interview, so I tend to, like, not go into deep dives about things I can't comment on because I haven't seen them," Ripa began. "And then I write this entire chapter about correcting the record in real-time. Do you do it? Should one do it? Theoretically, should a person correct the record in real-time or should they not even comment on it?"
"Here's what I decided. "It's really hard to sell a book, right? And this is like, week three of the book, right? And I mean, honestly, I'm not gonna lie, I was not reading any headlines anywhere. And suddenly all of these headlines pop up and there's all of this attention on my book," she continued. "So I am a person that tends to take a negative and turn it into a positive. And so my ultimate comment is, thank you."
"It's like really hard to get attention on a book that's been out for a couple of weeks and now it's week two, second week on The New York Times Best Sellers list. It's like, 'Thank you,'" she went on. "because I think that people that read the book will have a very different take on the book."
"I think anybody that reads the book will have a completely different take," added Ripa when asked if she believes Gifford's outlook would change if she actually checked out the memoir.
When host Amanda Hirsch straight up asked Ripa, "So are we thanking Kathie Lee for doing the interview?", Kelly responded, "It really got a lot of, suddenly, there were headlines."
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It's like really hard to get attention on a book that's been out for a couple of weeks and now it's week two, second week on The New York Times Best Sellers list. It's like, thank you, because I think that people that read the book will have a very different take on the book," she added.
Ripa detailed her alleged experiences with Regis in her new book, "Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories," claiming it wasn't a smooth transition after she was added to "Live!" following Gifford's departure. "It was not a cakewalk," she told PEOPLE. "It took years to earn my place there," she added, saying she the had "good and bad days" with Philbin, before he retired. "You can't make a person befriend you," she concluded.
Appearing on Fox 5 Monday morning, Gifford was asked about Ripa's book -- and while she hasn't read it, she made it clear she had seen the headlines and that her experience with Philbin was nothing less than perfect.
"I was very sorry to see the headlines. We see headlines all the time and you never know what's true and what's not true. I was in Israel when I saw that and went, 'Oh, I hope this isn't true,'" she explained. "I just hope it isn't, because what's the point? I don't get it."
"I'm not gonna read the book, I haven't read it, I don't even know if it's out yet. I know what Regis was to me," she continued.
"He was 15 years the best partner a person could ever have, professionally. But he was my friend. We were dear friends. And after I left the show, for the next 20 years, we were dearer friends."
She also shared that she last saw Regis just two weeks before his death and, according to the host's wife Joy, it was the "last time" she heard Philbin laugh.
"We were Frick and Frack, the odd couple," Gifford continued. "We were absolutely perfect together for television. We never had an argument, not an unkind word in 15 years, so that was my reality."
When asked whether she thought Joy would be "upset" by Ripa's book, Gifford said, "That was my first thought, 'Lord, protect Joy and the girls from this.'"
"In all the years I've known him, I never saw him unkind to anyone, I never did," Kathie Lee concluded. "I'm not gonna say anything ugly about anybody. I never have and I'm not gonna start now. I'm just saying my reality is something completely different from that."
Appearing on WWHL after her book release, Ripa noted she expected people to boycott it because she wrote about Philbin.
"There are people that are like 'I will never read this book because all you do is trash Regis' and it's the opposite of that," she told Andy Cohen.
"I don't trash Regis… and I painstakingly wrote every single word of this book and it was hard and those chapters were the hardest in an overall hard process for me," she added. "As a woman we are often [told] to take the high road and that is woman speak for 'shut the f--k up.' That's what it is and that's what it means."
She also opened up about the drama that ensued following his exit, after he said the two never spoke after his departure from "Live!" and claimed was never invited back.
"I wish I would have set the record straight in real time," Kelly said. "I really trusted the people around me, all of my 'advisors' -- I don't even know what that means, but people kept telling me, 'take the high road, take the high road. You know the truth, it doesn't really matter ... People say all sorts of things that aren't true, why do you even let it bother you? Who cares?'"