Regis Philbin announces his exit on 'Live with Regis and Kelly'
We may be witnessing the end of an era. Tuesday morning, Regis Philbin announced that this would be his last year as co-host of "Live with Regis and Kelly," the talk show he's helmed for 28 years.
"I don't want to alarm anybody," said Philbin, "but this will be my last year on the show. There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera, especially certain old people."
Later in the day, Philbin joked with fans on the show's official Twitter account, posting the photo at right and this message:
its not like dying, im just retiring from the show, by the way do you have a job for me, -r
Could Philbin perhaps be taking his cues from fellow TV talker Larry King, who retired in December after 25 years of "Larry King Live" on CNN. Monday night, King's replacement -- Piers Morgan -- debuted his show, interviewing yet another
retiring career-transitioning TV talker, Oprah Winfrey.
What's this mean for the future of the show, which kicked off in 1983 helmed by Philbin and Cyndy Garvey? Will Kelly Ripa remain and welcome a new co-host -- perhaps husband Mark Consuelos? Will Gelman survive the shake-up? Where will the scads of stars who stop by for a chat with Reeg and Kelly go during the 9 o'clock hour? Clearly, questions abound.
"He's an amazing guy," said former co-host Kathy Lee Gifford on "Today." "He's every man to so many people. He's going to be 80 this-coming August and I think it's just time."
[Originally posted at 10:03 a.m. ET]
| January 18, 2011; 4:14 PM ET
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