Lachey Denies He's Splitting From Jessica Simpson

August 3, 2005-- Posted at 2:55 PM CDT

New York (AP)_ If he's said it once, he's said it a thousand times: Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson are not breaking up.

The tabloids won't leave it alone, so Kelly Ripa asked Lachey about his marriage when he co-hosted "Live with Regis and Kelly" today.

Lachey says everything is "absolutely wonderful" between him and Simpson, and he denied being jealous of her career being hotter than his.

Ripa also told everyone not to read anything into Regis Philbin not being there. The tabloids have said Philbin and Ripa don't get along and Philbin might be forced out. Ripa says "Regis is not fired. He's just on special assignment. And we love each other."

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