Regis Philbin was asked to be a guest on Live with Kelly

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Published: 17:36 EST, 16 February 2017 | Updated: 21:05 EST, 16 February 2017

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Regis Philbin claims in a new interview that he hasn't been invited back to Live With Kelly since retiring from the show in 2011.

But an executive for the daytime show has now spoken out, insisting that the TV veteran was asked to be a guest several times.

Dave Davis, President of WABC which produces the talk show, released a statement Thursday saying: 'It was wonderful to have Regis on the show for our 2015 Halloween special.'

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'Several times': Producers from Live With Kelly insist Regis Philbin has been asked back to appear on the show following his retirement despite his claims that he hasn't 'Several times': Producers from Live With Kelly insist Regis Philbin has been asked back to appear on the show following his retirement despite his claims that he hasn't

'Several times': Producers from Live With Kelly insist Regis Philbin has been asked back to appear on the show following his retirement despite his claims that he hasn't

Dave Davis (right)  released a statement Thursday saying: 'It was wonderful to have Regis (left) on the show for our 2015 Halloween special' Dave Davis (right)  released a statement Thursday saying: 'It was wonderful to have Regis (left) on the show for our 2015 Halloween special'

Dave Davis (right)  released a statement Thursday saying: 'It was wonderful to have Regis (left) on the show for our 2015 Halloween special'

'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 at the time.' Davis confirmed.

In a behind the scenes video clip from the 2015 episode Kelly is seen giving Regis a very warm welcome as she enters his dressing room.

The blonde beauty also invites the 85-year-old star round to her house for a visit as they catch-up while Regis has his hair and makeup done.

Friendly encounter: In a clip of the Halloween episode from 2015, Kelly is seen giving Regis a warm welcome in his dressing room  Friendly encounter: In a clip of the Halloween episode from 2015, Kelly is seen giving Regis a warm welcome in his dressing room 

Friendly encounter: In a clip of the Halloween episode from 2015, Kelly is seen giving Regis a warm welcome in his dressing room 

They get on great! The friendly encounter contradicts what Regis said in his interview with Larry King this week They get on great! The friendly encounter contradicts what Regis said in his interview with Larry King this week

They get on great! The friendly encounter contradicts what Regis said in his interview with Larry King this week

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Regis gave an interview for the Larry King Now show where he says he thinks Kelly, 46, took it personally when he left their show Live! With Regis And Kelly in 2011.

He'd also revealed on the Ora.TV and Hulu show that after he left Live!, 'Never once did they ask me to go back' for a guest episode.  

When asked by King whether he and Kelly Ripa still kept in contact, Regis replied: 'Not really. No. No.

'She got very offended when I left. She thought I was leaving because of her. I was leaving because I was getting older and that wasn't right for me anymore.'

'Never once did they ask me to go back': When asked on Larry King Now whether he and Kelly Ripa still kept in contact, 85-year-old Regis said wanly: 'Not really,' adding: 'No' 'Never once did they ask me to go back': When asked on Larry King Now whether he and Kelly Ripa still kept in contact, 85-year-old Regis said wanly: 'Not really,' adding: 'No'

'Never once did they ask me to go back': When asked on Larry King Now whether he and Kelly Ripa still kept in contact, 85-year-old Regis said wanly: 'Not really,' adding: 'No'

Split: As he explained, 'She got very offended when I left' their show, noting that: 'She thought I was leaving because of her,' but that 'I was leaving because I was getting older and that wasn't right for me anymore' Split: As he explained, 'She got very offended when I left' their show, noting that: 'She thought I was leaving because of her,' but that 'I was leaving because I was getting older and that wasn't right for me anymore'

Split: As he explained, 'She got very offended when I left' their show, noting that: 'She thought I was leaving because of her,' but that 'I was leaving because I was getting older and that wasn't right for me anymore'

'You mean she took it personal?' King pressed, to which Philbin replied: 'Yeah, I think so. That was 11 years ago and I've...' he trailed off. Indeed, King did not correct Philbin on this point, as he left Live only five-years ago and not 11, as he stated.

'Haven't heard?' King offered as an end to the sentence, and Philbin, with a sad shake of the head, concurred: 'Never have.'

This new revelation sharply contradicts the warmly emotional goodbye the 46-year-old had offered her co-host during his final episode of Live! on November 18, 2011.

In floods of tears, she'd read out a speech she'd written him, vaunting the 'privilege of walking 43 steps with you from my dressing room to the studio floor five days a week for the past 11 years.'

Wounded by the exit: 'You mean she took it personal?' King pressed, to which Philbin replied: 'Yeah, I think so' Wounded by the exit: 'You mean she took it personal?' King pressed, to which Philbin replied: 'Yeah, I think so'

Wounded by the exit: 'You mean she took it personal?' King pressed, to which Philbin replied: 'Yeah, I think so'

Earning laughs, she'd quipped: 'Except for when you have off on Fridays, and Fridays and Mondays in the summer,' as Philbin mugged for the crowd.

Effusing about how 'you always wanna make me look like a million bucks,' she'd remembered that on her first day in 2001: 'I was terrified.'

As she'd recalled: 'I was absolutely filled with fear, and you grabbed my hand, and we walked down the hallway, we came out the door, and the audience leapt to their feet and they were cheering and screaming.'

At which point 'you pulled me in and you said: "You see that, sweetie? That's all for you. All these people are here for you,"' a compliment she insists 'wasn't true.'

The way they were: This new revelation sharply contradicts the warmly emotional goodbye the 46-year-old had offered her co-host during his final episode of Live! on November 18, 2011 The way they were: This new revelation sharply contradicts the warmly emotional goodbye the 46-year-old had offered her co-host during his final episode of Live! on November 18, 2011

The way they were: This new revelation sharply contradicts the warmly emotional goodbye the 46-year-old had offered her co-host during his final episode of Live! on November 18, 2011

The old days: Live With Regis And Kathie Lee began in 1988 and lasted until 2000, when Kathie Lee Gifford abdicated and began an interregnum known as Live With Regis; the Philbin and Gifford are pictured in 1995 with Hugh Grant The old days: Live With Regis And Kathie Lee began in 1988 and lasted until 2000, when Kathie Lee Gifford abdicated and began an interregnum known as Live With Regis; the Philbin and Gifford are pictured in 1995 with Hugh Grant

The old days: Live With Regis And Kathie Lee began in 1988 and lasted until 2000, when Kathie Lee Gifford abdicated and began an interregnum known as Live With Regis; the Philbin and Gifford are pictured in 1995 with Hugh Grant

Saying that 'your light is what shined about all of us and made us look so bright,' she gushed that 'I look forward to the next 43 steps, and may they fill you with the joy that you filled all of us with for all of these years.'

Live With Regis And Kathie Lee began in 1988 and lasted until 2000, when Kathie Lee Gifford abdicated and the show was known as Live With Regis.

Live! With Regis And Kelly ran from 2001 until that final November 2011 air date, whereupon Live! With Kelly blew through over 50 co-hosts until 2012.

That year, Michael Strahan joined what became Live! With Kelly And Michael, but when he left for a full-time gig at Good Morning America last April - igniting rumors of her fury - the show became Live With Kelly and continues to rotate co-hosts now.

A decade's run: Live! With Regis And Kelly ran from 2001 until that final November 2011 air date, whereupon Live! With Kelly blew through over 50 co-hosts until 2012 A decade's run: Live! With Regis And Kelly ran from 2001 until that final November 2011 air date, whereupon Live! With Kelly blew through over 50 co-hosts until 2012

A decade's run: Live! With Regis And Kelly ran from 2001 until that final November 2011 air date, whereupon Live! With Kelly blew through over 50 co-hosts until 2012

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