Regis Philbin retiring from ‘Live’

Regis Philbin announced today on his daytime talk show Live With Regis and Kelly that he’s retiring after more than 25 years. He didn’t give a specific date but said he’ll be stepping down from the show around the end of the summer. “I don’t want to alarm anybody,” he annouced, continuing: “This will be my last year on the show. It’s been a long time. It’s been 28 years 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…There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera — especially certain old people!” Philbin, who’s 79, has been on television for over 46 years, starting in 1964 with That Regis Philbin Show. His co-host for the past 10 years — Kelly Ripa — told him, “I think I can only speak for America and all of us here when I say it has been a pleasure and a privilege and a dream come true. And I wish I could do something to make you change your mind.”

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  1. Terrence • January 18, 2011 @ 2:52 PM

    He’ll be missed, he’s a fixture on daytime TV but at 79, he deserves to relax.

  2. C-Dub • January 18, 2011 @ 9:23 PM

    He also just won Guiness award or something like that for the longest running individual on American TV didn’t he? He’s a loveable guy and deserves all his awards and fans.

  3. nobody important • January 19, 2011 @ 4:33 PM

    79? pfffft.
    Quitter.

  4. Helen • January 19, 2011 @ 5:59 PM

    @Terrence he will definitely be missed, but to still be working at 79 is admirable! I wish him a happy retirement!

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