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Originally posted 11/18/2011 07:00AM
After five decades on television, Regis Philbin has become the entertainment equivalent of comfort food.
Welcome in living rooms across the country in a way that viewers' own extended families could only hope to be, Philbin, 80, is leaving his post at Live! with Regis and Kelly Friday. But his tenure and pop culture influence go far beyond the standard "top moments" recognition.
Instead, PEOPLE.com compiled a Top 5 countdown of reasons we'll miss seeing "Reege" on TV each weekday morning.
Originally posted 06/20/2011 04:00PM
Regis Philbin has greeted viewers nearly every weekday morning for the past 28 years, but with his final show only months away, the question still remains: Who will rise to the occasion and take over for TV's veteran talker?
American Idol and radio show host Ryan Seacrest, 36, Bravo personality and exec Andy Cohen, 43, and actor (oh, and Kelly Ripa's husband) Mark Consuelos, 40, are said to be Disney-ABC's top three picks to fill Philbin's shoes when he leaves Live! with Regis and Kelly in November, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Originally posted 06/20/2011 07:00AM
Regis Philbin, who is leaving Live! with Regis & Kelly in November, picked up a Daytime Emmy Award for best talk-show host Sunday, an honor he shared with co-host Kelly Ripa and Dr. Mehmet Oz of The Dr. Oz Show.
It was the fifth Daytime Emmy for Philbin, 79, following two wins in 2001 (best game-show host and talk-show host), one in 2006, and a lifetime achievement award in 2008.
Philbin has never won for best talk show, and he and Ripa came up short again this year, as The Ellen Degeneres Show won that award for the sixth time.
Originally posted 02/08/2011 03:10PM
Alas, Josh Duhamel will not be greeting viewers every weekday morning with Kelly Ripa.
Rumors had circled that the Transformers star was on the short-list of guys being considered to replace Regis Philbin when he retires from Live! with Regis and Kelly later this year.
But it's not to be, says Duhamel
"I wouldn't be very good at it," Duhamel told sports radio talk show host Dan Patrick on Monday, adding that the job requires "special skills" he doesn't have. "I can't tell you where that rumor came from."
But Duhamel does have an idea of who should get the job.
"My buddy Jerry O’Connell would be great and that’s who I'm voting for," he said, adding, "but I don't know if he's up for it."
– Lorenzo Benet
Originally posted 01/26/2011 10:40AM
How do you replace the irreplaceable? You don't!
But producers at Live! with Regis and Kelly will have a seat to fill next to Kelly Ripa when Regis Philbin leaves the show after 28 years on the job.
So without replacing a TV icon, they can merely attempt to bring in someone who will hopefully pave their own way in morning television and who will hopefully have fresh chemistry with Ripa. According to EW, there are 10 names that are being considered as possible contenders:
Originally posted 01/18/2011 09:40AM
So long, Regis.
After 28 years and three different co-hosts, Regis Philbin says this will be his last season on his morning talk show – the program currently known as Live! with Regis and Kelly.
"It's been a long time, it's been 28 years since I've been here. And it was the biggest thrill of my life," Philbin, who will turn 80 in August, said on the program Tuesday morning.
Originally posted 09/23/2009 11:15AM
If you have hopes of sharing morning coffee with Anderson Cooper by next year, think again. The CNN anchor, 43, told PEOPLE that there's not truth to rumors he'll be replacing Regis Philbin, 78, on the latter's ABC a.m. show next year.
"Regis is the king," Cooper says. "He's not going anywhere!"
Cooper, who's occasionally subbed for Philbin alongside Kelly Ripa, said at the New Yorkers for Children Benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street on Tuesday night that even his journalistic skills couldn't sleuth out where the rumors started.
Originally posted 01/04/2009 01:00PM
Live with Regis and Kelly is getting a makeover for 2009. On Monday, the chatty morning show will debut a crisp new high-definition look and a new theme song.
Stars Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa will also appear in a revamped opening segment that works more New York City scenes into the picture, according to producers. But one element that will not change a bit is the show's Central Park-view backdrop. Producers opted to keep the mesh piece instead of upgrading to a hi-def version to keep a touch of softness.
Originally posted 02/19/2008 12:30PM
Regis Philbin had some happy news to share with Kelly Ripa on their talk show Tuesday: He's a grandpa.
Philbin's daughter, Hollywood writer J.J. Philbin, and her husband, The Office writer Michael Schur, welcomed a son, William Xavier Schur, on Monday morning after 30 hours of labor. (See video of Regis breaking the news.)
Originally posted 12/10/2007 03:05PM
It's back to the future for Regis Philbin, who's been tapped to host the red-carpet show immediately preceding the Oscars telecast in February – the same job he had some 30 years ago.
"Regis is the perfect guy to serve as host. He knows everyone, and everyone loves Regis!" producer Dennis Doty says in a statement. "I'm thrilled that he has agreed to be the ringmaster for this year's extravaganza."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is producing the show, which airs Feb. 24 on ABC. Philbin, 76, who co-hosts Live With Regis & Kelly, will guide the half-hour lead-in red-carpet interview show. Philbin was "a pioneer interviewer of arriving stars" at the Oscars in the 1970s, according to the Academy.
The 80th Academy Awards nominations will be announced Jan. 22 at 5:30 a.m. PT.
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