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Thursday 29 January 2015

Regis Philbin to retire from show

Regis Philbin, pictured with his wife Joy, is stepping down from his show
Regis Philbin, pictured with his wife Joy, is stepping down from his show

Regis Philbin is retiring from his show.

The veteran TV star delivered the news at the start of Live With Regis and Kelly which he has hosted for more than a quarter of a century, most recently co-presenting with Kelly Ripa.

"I don't want to alarm anybody," the 79-year-old said, then revealed: "This will be my last year on the show."

Regis told viewers he would be stepping down from the show around the end of the summer, but didn't specify a departure date.

His brief remarks came during the show's off-the-cuff 'host chat' after he and Kelly had discussed the Golden Globes, football and the icy weather outside.

"It's been a long time, it's been 28 years," Regis said of his current show.

"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."

He added: "There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera - especially certain old people!"

The show's distributors, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, said the Live franchise will continue and a new co-host will be named to join Kelly, who marks 10 years with the show next month.

But Regis, referring to his time left on the show, assured viewers: "We'll have a lot of fun between now and then."

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