Regis Philbin announces retirement

After 23 years on the same morning show, Regis Philbin announced this morning on Live! with Regis and Kelly that he will be retiring near the end of this season. Philbin didn’t announce a final date yet, but he has stated that the show will go on with co-host Kelly Ripa and a new permanent co-host that will be announced later this year.

Live! started out in 1983 as The Morning Show until 1988 when the show entered into syndication as Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. Kathie Lee Gifford was Philbin’s co-host until 2000, when Philbin went solo finding a replacement for Gifford. Cue in Kelly Ripa, who joined the show in 2001.

Stay tuned here first to see who they announce as the new co-host to Ripa.

Are you guys saddened by the news of Philbin’s departure? Or do you think he is going out on top (at the ‘young age’ of79)? Sound off!

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