Regis Philbin has been doing his morning talk show for 28 years now, which on one hand is amazing but on the other it’s really not, because the morning TV audience will watch literally anything. But whatever because he’s retiring now.
Philbin made the announcement at the start of Tuesday morning’s “Live With Regis and Kelly,” which he has hosted for more than a quarter-century, most recently sharing hosting duties with Kelly Ripa.
Philbin said he would be stepping down from the show around the end of the summer, but he didn’t specify a departure date.
“I don’t want to alarm anybody,” he began, then declared, “This will be my last year on the show.
“It’s been a long time. It’s been 28 years,” he continued, “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!” cracked Philbin, who is 79.
Now the question is, will they replace him? Can they replace him? His charisma just fills the room, it’s gonna be tough. Luckily that audience is 900 years old and they’re not gonna notice. They could just bring out a dog and let them pet it, and then interview a Billy Bass, and that morning audience WILL watch it.