We've known for a while now that Regis Philbin has been planning to peace out of Live with Regis and Some Other Lady, but up until today, the Reeg has been mum on when exactly that sad, sad day will come. Until now.
Philbin officially announced on this morning's show that his last day will be Friday, November 18. “Last January I made the announcement that I’ll be moving on," he said. "But I never gave you an exact date. So I’m pushing it back five years. Just kidding.” The show, as Philbin said, will go on, though no replacement has been named to sit alongside pint-sized co-host Kelly Ripa (despite the many rumors swirling around...).
"Kelly will be trying out new co-hosts, just like we did 11 years ago when we found her," Philibin said, cracking that Ripa will likely look for a "new, young, hot" male co-host. Ripa, for her part, says she's just looking for someone "alive and breathing." Our inside source tells us that producers will likely bring in "a sizable number of guest hosts" for auditions, and right now they are deliberately keeping names and speculation to a minimum "out of respect for Regis." Out of our respect for Regis, here's a quick look at some of the best Regis-related moments on film:
Regis shares his romantic fantasy with David Letterman:
Regis gives Pee Wee Herman a tour of New York:
Kramer goes on Live to promote his coffee table book about coffee table books: