Television mainstay Regis Philbin has announced his retirement from his long-running daytime talk show. The 79-year old TV host, whose show has been nationally syndicated for 22 years, announced the decision at the beginning of Live with Regis & Kelly this morning.
“This will be my last year on this show…but there is a time, there is a time that everything needs to come to an end for certain people on camera, especially certain old people,” Philbin stated.
After Philbin originally started his local daytime show in 1983, he added longtime co-host Kathie Lee Gifford in 1985. With the two partners in place, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee went national three years later. Kelly Ripa replaced Gifford in 2001, becoming Philbin’s co-host on the renamed show.
“It’s been a long time. It’s been 28 years,” Philbin explained, “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.”
Currently, there are no specified dates for Philbin’s last show, nor are their any confirmed reports regarding the show’s future beyond his retirement.