Regis Philbin announces date for his last 'Live' episode


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So long, Reege.

At least, that’s what fans of Live! With Regis and Kelly will be saying when the 80-year-old co-host tapes his last episode of the syndicated talk show on Friday, Nov. 18. Philbin made the announcement during today’s show. “Friday, Nov. 18 is my last day,” Philbin said, adding, “But don’t worry, the show goes on.”

Back in January, the television icon officially announced that he would be stepping down from Live! after co-hosting for nearly 28 years. Philbin said of his retirement from the show at the time, “There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera, especially certain old people.” The Emmy-winner joked on Tuesday, “Last January I made the announcement that I’ll be moving on. But I never gave you an exact date. So I’m pushing it back five years. Just kidding.”

While no new co-host has yet been named for Philbin’s right-hand woman Kelly Ripa (we here at EW had some suggestions of our own, however), the two discussed finding a replacement. “Kelly will be trying out new co-hosts, just like we did 11 years ago when we found her,” Philbin said, kidding that Ripa would be looking for a “new young hot” male co-host. Ripa, who joined Philbin in 2001 after Kathie Lee Gifford exited, fired back by saying that she was just looking for someone, “Alive and breathing.”

Will you be tuning in for Regis Philbin’s last episode of ‘Live!’?

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  • Ash

    Is it just me or is Stephen Colbert starting to look more and more like Regis Philbin every day?

    • Jenn

      It’s just you.

      • Nathan

        He is a little actually.

      • sally

        I was hoping Regis would stay on for another decade.

    • IAm

      replace them with craig ferguson and kristen bell

      • What?


        Get Will Friedle from Boy Meets World

      • Mike

        Mmmm Kristen Bellllllll

  • ginger garity

    We will miss him. Such a nice entertainer. He has style like no other.

    • sally

      They need to surround Regis with like 4 drop dead gorgeous women in the morning to get him going again.

  • Trav

    Lol @ jenn

  • Templar

    A true gentleman of the old school. This is sad because there are not many left with his degree of class and polish.

    • Cara

      He’s real classy making passes at Kelly Ripa every day.

      • What?

        It’s called a joke. I really doubt Kelly thinks he’s hitting on her

      • PB

        She makes more passes at him than he does her! Fairly obvious it’s all a joke…

      • Sandra

        You don’t get it do you….are you this serious about everything ? Regis is a gentleman and he is kidding just to spell it out to you. Kelly would not be sitting there for that long., if he was hitting at her. SHe has got a cute dude as her husband.

      • Templar

        After 11 years together, the sexual innuendo is a running joke.

  • Michael

    if Anderson Cooper can’t do it then have Kelly join the view

    • JohnT

      Why do you want Kelly Ripa to suffer?

    • its me

      I should wash your mouth out with soap for even saying that, what you mean the veiw. Are a devil sent here to punish her?

  • Lu

    My hope is with a new co-host perhaps the interviews will finally become about the guests instead of themselves….

    • Kal

      Agreed. And hopefully the new co-host will know something about entertainment, pop culture and the guests he is interviewing.

      • Lu

        I should have added that to my original comment, and you are bang on Kal! I remember recently they had on Robert Duvall, and neither Regis or Kelly knew the name of the film her was promoting…and there was one other time as well I forget which actor, but they both said they hadn’t seen his film….unacceptable! So, again I hope you’re right the new co-host is more knowledgeable then these two clowns…lol..

    • ks


  • Nathan

    I’ll miss Regis whole lot more than Orca.

    • Amy


      • sally

        That’s Oprah for the non-orprah haters

    • Bev Running

      I will miss Regis much much more than Oprah.

  • Bill

    Yes …..
    The sponsors were unhappy as the hosts were on vacation maore then they worked..Sports is happy as the “Philbin Jinx” will be gone seems everybody he picks goes down in flames. Poor Notre Dame, Pitt Pirates, his pickem record over the last 10 years is 90/10 the wrong way…
    Can the show put Rippa on the View…

  • Jessica

    Its about time. They have zero chemistry. It is painful to watch

    • Kelly

      Jessica, I agree. Somehow, over the past few years, they’ve started to hate each other. I had to stop watching a while back.

    • Casey

      Really? I thought they are a great pair and have wonderful chemistry. I dont think it would have worked all these years if that wasn’t the case. I’ll miss him.

    • LOL

      Your face has zero attraction, stop looking into the mirror and it wont be so painful, pig face.

  • Mike K

    now only if Kelly would leave,,, she’s so annoying.

    • phyl

      YES…PLZ take her somewhere…she is so stuck on herself…I didn;t like Gifford and Kelly is worse…Poor Regis…

    • Vivian Jansen

      I agree with Mike K. she is so annoying. I love Regis & will miss him. That will be the end of Live for me.

  • Alice Adams

    Ah Mr. Philbin:

    You didn’t like that I looked at you in the airport.

    Now I’ll look away for ever.


    • Kathy Lee

      Alice, Regis was at his “other job” sweeping floors at JFK

  • Kathy Lee

    Good riddance to one of the most untalented people on the tube today. And Kelly ranks right in there at 2nd place.

    • Head of NBC

      For what it’s worth, you and Hota SUCK

      • ks

        like x 100

  • m

    They should just can this show. Nothing of value comes from it. He adds only a slight amt of credibility from his experience. She brings nothing – go back to AMC – oh yeah not there anymore.

  • Sam

    Can’t understand why someone who dislikes Regis would even read this article, let alonetake the time to post. There are 800 channels (if you can afford cable), pick one and shut up.
    Regis has more hours on TV than anyone else and has been lucky enough to do what he likes for 60 years and make great money. Not many people can say that.

    • Kal

      I think that people who dislike Regis Philbin read this article to find out when he is leaving “Live.” Perhaps to set their DVRs for the day after to start watching the show again?

  • Iris

    Reeg, I know you’re going. But NO NO NO NO NO!!

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