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Regis Philbin to retire from talk show

Can ya believe it...TV without Reeg! And for such a famously excitable guy, Regis Philbin made his big announcement with surprising calm: He's retiring from his show. Regis delivered the news at the start of Tuesday morning's "Live With Regis and Kelly," which he has hosted for more than a quarter-century, most recently with Kelly Ripa. He said he would be stepping down from the show around the end of the summer, though he didn't specify a departure date. "I don't want to alarm anybody," he began, then said, "This will be my last year on the show." "It's been a long time, it's been 28 years. 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!" cracked Philbin, who turns 80 in August. "I wish I could do something to make you change your mind," said Ripa. "Now waaait a minute," Philbin said. The show's distributors, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, said in a statement the "Live" franchise will continue, adding that a new co-host will be named to join Ripa, who marks 10 years with the show next month. But Philbin, referring to his time left on the show, assured viewers, "We'll have a lot of fun between now and then." How about doing one of your last shows here in New Orleans?

01/18/2011 2:45PM
Regis Philbin to retire from talk show
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