Veteran broadcaster Regis Philbin announced today that he will be retiring from the weekday talk show “Live With Regis and Kelly” after nearly 28 years.
Philbin broke the news this morning at the top of his show.
“This will be my last year on this show,” Philbin said. “It was the biggest thrill of my life….There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera, especially certain old people.”
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Philbin said he would be stepping down from the show “at the end of the summer into the fall, whatever it is,” but didn’t specify a departure date. Though he’s departing, the “Live” franchise will continue: The Disney-ABC Television Group plans to name a new personality to join Kelly Ripa, who has co-hosted the show for nearly ten years.
Philbin, 79, has been a television personality since the 1950s. After beginning his TV career in Los Angeles, Philbin moved to New York City and WABC-TV in 1983. Kathie Lee Gifford joined him there in June 1985 and in September 1988, their AM entertainment hour debuted in national syndication. Its title was changed from “The Morning Show” to “Live with Regis & Kathie Lee.”
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