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Regis Tells 'The Talk' That His 'Live!' Departure Wasn't About Money (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Nov 29th 2011 5:45PM
Regis Philbin may not be on 'Live!' anymore, but that doesn't mean he's done with daytime TV. Tuesday on 'The Talk,' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) he was crowned the 'King of Television,' and sat on a throne wearing a crown, cape and holding a scepter while he talked about why he left the show he created 28 years ago.

Julie Chen started in on him with a true or false question: "Were you asked to stay at an insulting pay cut?" Regis confirmed that a contract extension at a lower rate was something that he discussed with ABC, but ultimately decided against. But Reeg wouldn't let Chen off the hook that easily. He jokingly screamed back at her, "There was a pay cut as there was in ALL OF THE NETWORKS, HELLO!" Chen awkwardly protested that there hadn't been any cuts at CBS, and the two went back and forth for awhile until Regis mercifully changed the subject.

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Regis Philbin and Kimmel Chew Jordana Brewster's 5-Year Old Piece of Gum (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 29th 2011 3:30AM
Regis Philbin, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Five years ago, Jordana Brewster stuck a piece of gum on Jimmy Kimmel's desk, and then Kimmel and Regis Philbin proceeded to chew on it. That was weird enough, but Kimmel upped the ante with Philbin this week on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC).

For some reason, the show's producer kept that thrice-chewed wad of gum stuck to a piece of paper. "I dare you to try it again," Philbin said to Kimmel. "Go ahead."

So Kimmel did, marveling that it still had some flavor. He then passed it to Philbin, who chewed it a few times before giving it up. "Boy, that's hard," he said. "I just lost two teeth." Now, someone just needs to get in touch with Brewster to get it back to her and the circle of chewing will be complete.

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Regis Philbin Looks Back on His 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire' Days (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 23rd 2011 3:00PM
Regis Philbin may be retired from 'Live!,' but he's hitting the talk show circuit to talk about his new memoir 'How I Got This Way.' On Wednesday, he stopped by 'Good Day NY' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) where he reminisced about his days hosting the wildly popular 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' and joked that the show had saved ABC.

Regis recalled his personal crusade to get the British-born game-show on the air in the America. "When I saw that show ... I said this is dynamite, this is great, people walking in from the street and walking out millionaires, if they can only answer 15 questions. It wasn't even on the ABC short-list, they were calling everyone else in town. But I kept pursuing it, pursuing it, and then finally it came my way ... and then it caught on, bigger than I thought it was gonna be."

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Kelly Ripa Gets Raunchy in 'Live' Thanksgiving Gadget Segment (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 23rd 2011 1:15PM
Over the past few years, Kelly Ripa was often Regis Philbin's voice of reason, reeling in the old cad when he went too far off the deep end. But now that he's gone, Ripa's letting it all hang out. In a 'Live! With Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) segment spotlighting some wacky Thanksgiving gadgets, Ripa donned a red-wine-filled bra and joked about a possible alternate use for a Robo-Stirrer.

As resident technology expert David Pogue introduced the Robo-Stirrer, which can robotically stir a pot as it simmers. "Once you take off the soup, it makes a "darn fine back-massager," he said, to which Kelly jokingly replied, "Allright ladies, well I think we all know what's that code for." Pogue was horrified, yelling out, "Oh my god!" and even Jerry Seinfeld seemed taken aback. All the comedian could muster was, "That's the first time someone in Manhattan has said 'darn fine,' but let's keep going."

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Regis Philbin Leaves 'Live' With Emotional Farewell Speech (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 18th 2011 11:35AM
After 28 years, a record-setting amount of hours logged in front of the camera, and a joyous Farewell Tour that lasted for weeks, Friday was finally Regis Philbin's last day hosting 'Live' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC). In an emotional, celebratory hour of live TV, Kelly Ripa and a few special guests sent the beloved 80-year-old TV legend off in style.

After Regis walked Kelly the 43 steps from her dressing room to the stage for the last time time, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg came by to present Regis with a key to the city.

Ripa delivered an emotional farewell speech to her co-host of ten years, thanking him and wishing him well in his life's next chapter. "Your light is what shined around all of us, and made us look so bright ... I look forward to the next 43 steps, and may they fill you with the joy that you filled all of us with for all of these years," she said, tearing up.

Regis handled his sign-off with the grace and class of one of television's most seasoned pro's. "I'll always remember spending these mornings with all of you, so thank you very much for these great years together, god bless you all, and I hope I see you again real soon. Thanks everybody!"

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Regis Philbin: A Look Back At His Epic TV Career

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 18th 2011 9:00AM
Regis Philbin has logged more hours in front of a television camera than anyone else in history. So what's the secret of his longevity? Well, for four decades, he has cheerfully and tirelessly invited audiences to laugh not just with him but at him. In a nice way.

Although Regis insists that 'Live,' which he departs from today, won't be the final act of his TV career, now still feels like an appropriate time to take a step back and consider the legacy of the most lovable, excitable, and enduring television icon ever to refer to himself -- regularly -- in the third person.

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It's Regis Philbin's Last Day on 'Live!' -- Now He Wants to Host 'SNL'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 18th 2011 7:45AM
Today is Regis Philbin's last day co-hosting 'Live! With Regis and Kelly,' but it seems as though thoughts of retirement are still far from the 80 year-old's mind. Talking to reporters after Thursday's show he said "I feel pretty good," but he did admit that he may not feel quite so good next week when the show carries on without him.

"I wasn't looking forward to this moment," said Philbin. "You never are in your life when you're leaving a success that you worked your tail off to make." However, the hardest working man in television won't be idle for long. He's embarking next week on a US book tour to promote his new memoir, 'How I Got This Way,' and he's already been toying with the idea of making his own reality show.

However, he told 'The New York Times' that what he'd really, really like to do is host 'Saturday Night Live.' Saying it would be "irresistible" if he got the call, Philbin quipped "It's come up in my mind, but not theirs. I think the audience for that show would rather have some young guy playing a vampire somewhere."

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Regis Philbin Wants David Letterman to Retire With Him (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 18th 2011 3:15AM
Regis Philbin, 'Late Show with David Letterman'The Regis Philbin Farewell Tour made its way to the Ed Sullivan Theater and 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS). He told David Letterman that he wasn't sad about leaving 'Live! with Regis and Kelly.'

"It's a chapter coming to an end, and it should," Philbin said. "You know, there's a time in your life -- and you better start thinking about this, big boy -- when you realize you should walk away."

He then suggested that Letterman walk away with him. They could retire together and walk out together. But not before Philbin gets another kiss on the lips.

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Katie Couric Takes a Trip Down Memory Lane With Regis Philbin (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 18th 2011 3:00AM
Regis Philbin & Katie Couric, '20/20'If there was one thing you could take from Katie Couric's little video trip down memory lane with Regis Philbin on 'A Special Edition of 20/20' (Thu., 8PM ET on ABC) honoring his retirement, it might be that she seems to have a bit of a crush on him.

She spotlighted a video of him stripping down to a speedo and dancing with other male dancers. Another had him taking his shirt off, to which he retorted, "See what age does to you!"

"I think you look pretty good," Couric told him. And then, when a clip of him kissing Alicia Keys played, Couric said she was a bit jealous.

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Regis Wants to Be the Next Andy Rooney (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 17th 2011 2:45PM
As the Regis Philbin Farewell Tour enters the home stretch before his final 'Live' show on Friday, the Reeg's TV future remains unclear. He filmed a pilot episode of a reality show, but didn't take to the genre, and the project never went anywhere.

Tuesday on 'The View,' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) Regis came up with an innovative idea for next move. Instead of starting his own new show, he'd like to just be featured on the last five minutes of someone else's show.

"I want to be Andy Rooney!" he yelled. "I'll just spend five minutes with whoever's there," he continued, and when Elisabeth Hasselbeck joked that maybe he should assume that role on 'The View,' he jumped at the idea. "Now you're talkin' baby!"

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Kathie Lee Assures Regis She Never Felt Any Sexual Tension Between Them (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 17th 2011 2:15PM
Regis Philbin's long-time 'Live' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) TV partner Kathie Lee Gifford came by her old show to bid the daytime icon farewell. Regis, ever the gentleman, started off by making things as awkward as possible.

"It's perfectly human to experience some sexual tension when you work with someone over the years," Regis said, as the audience fell silent. "Honest to God ... did it ever happen to you?" he asked. Kathie Lee paused for a few seconds and then flatly replied, "No," a fantastic reminder of the duo's comedic timing.

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Jerry Seinfeld Talks About Filling In for Regis Philbin (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 17th 2011 4:30AM
Jerry Seinfield, 'Late Show with David Letterman'While there's yet to be any decision made on a permanent replacement for Regis Philbin after his retirement, Jerry Seinfield was chosen as the first fill-in co-host with Kelly Ripa. On 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), he dubbed it 'Operation: Smooth Transition.'

That said, though, Seinfeld isn't completely confident that he can fill the role. First of all, both he and Letterman acknowledge that Philbin is an institution, but there's something more specific that both Philbin does that Seinfeld says he can't.

"He sits there and ... he just kind of takes up people's time," he explained. "But you do it in a way that people say, 'I could take more of this.'"

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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.

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Jimmy Fallon Serenades Regis (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 14th 2011 1:45PM
It's Regis Philbin's last week on 'Live,' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) and the show is pulling out all the stops to send him off as a hero of daytime TV. On Monday's show, Jimmy Fallon stopped by and serenaded Regis to the tune of 'It's Only Just Begun.'

Fallon sang, "Why do you have to leave? He's only sixty-three ... What's that, he's 80? Good lord." He then gave a musical run-through of Regis' TV career. "He started out at as a page on NBC .. from Joey Bishop into Kathie Lee, I'll miss all those things you said," before breaking into an impression of Regis excitedly yelling at Gellman about Jerry Seinfeld being on the cover of Newsweek.

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Regis Philbin May Have Been America's Goofiest TV Chef (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 11th 2011 2:00PM
Was Regis Philbin America's first TV chef? No, but he was perhaps the goofiest man to ever attempt to cook something in a TV kitchen. 'Live' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) continued the Philbin Farewell Tour on Friday with a look back at Regis' most memorable culinary moments, which included him rescuing a Playboy bunny and smooching Gwyneth Paltrow.

The highlight of the montage came during a cooking segment with a Playboy bunny. When a small grease-fire broke out, sending smoking billowing from the stove, Regis sprang into action, picking up the model and yelling, "Save the bunny, save the bunny!" This is the moment Regis proved himself to be an American hero.

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