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Letterman Compares Regis to Johnny Carson, Kisses Him Goodbye (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 16th 2011 3:15PM
David Letterman and Regis Philbin have been friends for years, so Letterman stopped by 'Live' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) to bid his dear buddy farewell, and to tease him about his Newsweek cover-shoot with Jerry Seinfeld.

Holding up the cover, Letterman joked, "You've been on my show, what, about a million times? How many times has Jerry put you on his show? Oh I forgot, Jerry doesn't have a show."

Letterman then payed Regis a high compliment, putting his legacy in the same sentence with TV legend Johnny Carson, who was known as the King of Late Night. "When Johnny stepped down ... it was, who's gonna be the guy? Well lord knows it wasn't me ... and it's certainly not Leno ... so Regis, we realized, sitting right under our nose, here's the guy," Letterman said.

When Regis told him he had done 17,000 shows, Letterman took the Regis reverence a step further, and stood up out of his chair to give him a kiss on the lips. That's certainly one way to say goodbye.

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I'm sorry but I just don't see what everyone else seems to see in Mr. Philbin. I remember him as Joey Bishop's sidekick. I didn't think much of him then and my opinion hasn't changed As far as I am concerned his main claim to fame is his incredible longevity.

November 16 2011 at 6:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to EDDIE JR...'s comment

I couldn't agree with you more...

November 16 2011 at 7:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dave with all that coin he can bank and he can't afford to buy some black socks?

November 16 2011 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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