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Regis rates lifetime achievement Emmy

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 11th 2008 10:26AM
Regis Philbin leaningEveryone knew that Regis Philbin is the king, now he'll have some extra hardware to prove it. Like a Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. At the upcoming 35th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, June 20 at Hollywood's Kodak Theater, NATAS will present the special honor to Regis, host of Live With Regis and Kelly, during the primetime ABC broadcast. There will be a salute to Regis, no doubt including Kelly Ripa and/or Kathie Lee Gifford, his daytime co-hosts over the years, but the details haven't been announced yet.

Even though Regis plays up losing the outstanding show Emmy each year for Live -- to Rosie O'Donnell and Ellen DeGeneres over the years -- the truth is that Philbin has received three Daytime Emmys in his 40 years of doing TV, including as Outstanding Game Show host for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, co-host of the Walt Disney Christmas Day Parade, and one for Live, too. In fact, the year he won for Live was the one when Kathie Lee left and he sampled a variety of co-hosts before Kelly Ripa landed the job.

In 2006, he broke his own Guinness World Record for most hours on camera, 15,662 hours and counting. His first big break in TV came as Joey Bishop's sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show, a late-night talk show, in 1967.

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