Regis Philbin Retiring

January 18, 2011 |  by  |  Breaking News, Entertainment, Lifestyle
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Live with Regis and Kelly viewers got the shock of lifetime this morning when 79-year-old talk show host Regis Philbin announced that he will be retiring and leaving the show.

But, sources close to the show say that no one was more shocked than his perky co-host, Kelly Ripa.

According to TMZ:

Sources connected with “Live! with Regis & Kelly” tell TMZ … Regis Philbin blindsided Kelly Ripa with his retirement announcement today… telling her less than 15 minutes before they went on the air. We’re told Kelly was “stunned” that Regis didn’t tell her well in advance.  But one source connected with the show tells us, “She wasn’t upset.” Our sources say Regis felt if he talked about it before making the announcement, it would have leaked out.

Regis said he’ll tape his last show towards the end of the summer before retiring. Then he joked, “There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera, especially certain old people.”

Regis Philbin on Live & The Morning Show

Philbin has been the longest running host of ‘Live’ since it first aired in 1983, when it was called ‘The Morning Show.’ He has gone through a bunch of co-hosts, including Cyndy Garvey, Ann Abernathy, Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa.

He said to the Live audience:

It’s been a long time,” he said, “and it was the biggest thrill of my life to come back to New York, where I grew up as a kid watching TV in the early days, you know, never even dreaming that I would one day have the ability, or whatever it takes, to get in front of the camera and talk to it.”

Will you miss Regis when he retires? Who do you think will replace him? My bet is on Kelly Ripa’s husband, Marc Consuelos.


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  1. I had no clue he is 79

  2. Wow! I didn’t know he was that old either. Good for him that he’s made the decision to retire and relax. I am so excited to see who comes on in his place!

  3. Regis Philbin retiring? I never thought I’d see the day!

  4. It will be Jeff Probst from Survivor.

  5. You think? I’m still holding on for Marc!!

  6. Didn’t know he was that old either. Glad to see him retiring and hopefully we’ll get some fresh blood in there to spice things up. Please don’t make it a husband & wife team, though. Boring.

  7. Agreed! I think if it became a husband/wife thing with Kelly and Marc it might get cheesy.


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