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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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'Live' Celebrates Regis' Finest Sporting Moments (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 10th 2011 1:35PM
Regis Philbin is a sportsman for the ages. Did you know he played on the tennis team when he was a student at Notre Dame? Neither did we. Thanks, Wikipedia!

Regs' 'Live' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) farewell tour continued on Thursday with a montage celebrating his athletic prowess, with a look back at him wrestling, boxing, playing pepper with Derek Jeter, snapping a football to Boomer Esiasan and a variety of other sports schenanigans.

The segment concluded with a surprise-guest appearance from a long-time college football coach ... no, not Joe Paterno. It was Lou Holtz, who coached for years at Regis' alma matter Notre Dame. "When the bank asks me to list my assets, I start with my friendship with Regis Philbin," Holtz said.

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Regis Begs to See Taylor Lautner's Abs (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 9th 2011 2:00PM
Regis Philbin's final 'Live' show is slightly over a week away, and his farewell tour has been an epic run of montages, surprise guest appearances, and stripping for Snooki. But the celebration of all things Regis wouldn't have been complete without an awkward, cringe-worthy interview ... and Wednesday's sit-down with 'Twilight' star Taylor Lautner provided just that.

Regis couldn't hide his obsession with Lautner's abs from the get-go, and didn't relent as the interview proceeded. "Would it be too much for me, an older person, to ask you, a virile .... if you would just show me your abs," Regis said. "Oh my god ... what?" Kelly Ripa asked, squirming in her chair.

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'Live!' Lines Up Regis Philbin's Final Guests, Including Kathie Lee Gifford

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 8th 2011 5:35PM
Regis PhilbinThe stars are lining up to say goodbye to Regis Philbin.

The 80-year-old entertainer is leaving 'Live! With Regis and Kelly' on Fri., Nov. 18, but not before some old friends -- including former 'Live!' co-host Kathie Lee Gifford -- return to pay tribute to the talk show host.

Gifford will appear on Thurs., Nov. 17, Philbin's second-to-last show. Additional guests include: Don Rickles (Nov. 14), Jimmy Fallon (Nov. 14), Donald Trump (Nov. 15) and David Letterman (Nov. 16).

Singers Tony Bennett, Bret Michaels and Josh Groban will also stop by for special musical performances.

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Regis Gets a Surprise Visit From Michael Douglas (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 8th 2011 2:00PM
Regis Philbin's last few weeks on daytime TV have been filled with mash-up montages and surprise celebrity drop-ins. Monday, Robert De Niro made a surprise appearance on 'Live,' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) and on Tuesday Michael Douglas showed up to bid Regis farewell.

As Regis and Kelly were looking back on old footage of Regis and Douglas doing competing impressions of Kirk Douglas from the 1960 film 'Spartacus,' Michael walked out onto the stage, where he and Regis shook hands and hugged.

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Regis Bromance Montage Ends With Surprise Appearance from Robert De Niro (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 7th 2011 3:15PM
Regis Philbin's farewell tour has celebrated the many half-weird, half-endearing aspects of his on-screen persona with a run of awesome montages. Monday's 'Live' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) installment payed tribute to Regis' various bromances in a mancrush-mashup that featured footage of Reeg gushing over Matt Damon, Kobe Bryant, David Letterman and more.

In a surprise twist at the end of the tribute, Robert De Niro appeared from backstage to present Regis with a dozen roses and wish him a fond farewell.

As they hugged it out, Regis told De Niro, "You don't mind all the other guys, do you? They're just passing friends, you're the man, you really are." Right back at you, Reeg.

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A Brief History of Regis Philbin Botching Peoples' Names (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 3rd 2011 12:45PM
Regis Philbin is moving on from 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) on November 18, and to celebrate his legacy, 'Live' is running montages of his trademark adorable old man moments. Today's installment focused on his affinity for botching celebrity's names.

Check out the clip after the jump to see Regis calling Kelly Ripa "Kathie Lee," calling the Black Eyed Peas "the Green Eyed Peas," calling James Taylor "Peter" and many more mix-ups. As the Reeg says himself, he gets people's names wrong "every day."

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Regis Farewell Countdown Continues With Look Back at His Hilarious Injury History (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 2nd 2011 2:00PM
The Regis Philbin Farewell Tour unofficially kicked off last week when Regis stripped for Snooki. After two days in a row of awesome 'Live' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) montages, it's officially in full effect. Yesterday's Regis compilation chronicled his decades-long struggle with technology, and today we were treated to a look back at Reeg's extensive and hilarious injury history.

Philbin, 80, may well be a medical marvel studied by scientists for generations to come. The montage showed him dealing with a swollen shin after fouling a baseball off his leg, showing off a pelvic X-ray, demonstrating how he uses nitroglycerin tablets for stress relief, and triumphantly throwing away a walker. It's a testament to the man's longevity that after all these maladies he's still going strong.

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EXCLUSIVE Sneak Peek: 'Live! With Regis and Kelly' Halloween Flash Mob (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 28th 2011 9:30AM
Nick Lachey & Kelly Ripa flash mob for HalloweenRegis and Kelly always do it up big for Halloween. This year, 'Live!' is kicking off their annual Halloween Headliner's Ball spectacular (airs Mon., Oct. 31) with a flash mob production number, and we've got the exclusive first look right here.

Featuring Kelly Ripa (in some fabulously bright purple lycra pants) and guest co-host Nick Lachey (not sure we'll say the same about his fluorescent shutter shades), the choreographed dance to LMFAO's 'Party Rock Anthem' has more than 100 flash mobbers dancing, all for a confused crowd of onlookers in New York's Lincoln Center.

Back in the studio, 'Project Runway' host Heidi Klum, '90210' star AnnaLynne McCord and 23 other celebrity guests will be on hand for the show as Kelly and Nick re-live this year's biggest headlines and most outrageous shows through costume -- almost 40 different looks in total throughout the show -- from 'Toddlers & Tiaras' to Charlie Sheen and everything in between.

And, of course, the audience members will be dressed up for the costume contest as well -- one lucky person will win the grand prize of $10,000 to shop at HomeGoods.

Watch the entire flash mob cold open now to get you in the mood ...

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Regis Strips for Snooki (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 27th 2011 12:00PM
Usually, Snooki is the one taking her clothes off in front of the TV cameras, but on 'Live With Regis and Kelly,' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) it was Regis' turn. Snooki was on to promote her new book 'Confessions of a Guidette' and hand out some guid-tastic party favors, which included a zebra-striped tie for Reeg.

Things got real Jersey after that. "Guidos usually don't wear ties, so you should like, take off your shirt, and then it'd be cool," Snooki said. As Regis eagerly obliged, standing up to take off his jacket, Snooki and Kelly Ripa couldn't believe what they were seeing. "You're getting naked?" Snooki asked.

"Let this happen," Kelly Ripa pleaded, as Regis unbuttoned his shirt and the crowd began to chant his name. "You think I'm afraid of you?" Regis asked Snooki, who seemed slightly shocked at the spectacle that was unfolding. Finally, after Kelly had egged him on by calling him a "juicehead gorilla," Regis took his shirt completely off, and put on the zebra tie.

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Katie Couric Tapped for Regis Philbin's 'Live!' Exit Interview

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 24th 2011 11:05AM
Katie Couric Regis Philbin InterviewRegis Philbin will make his exit from 'Live! With Regis and Kelly' on Fri., Nov. 18, but not before sitting down with Katie Couric for a new special about his career.

According to Variety, Couric, ABC's newest addition, will chat with the 80-year-old veteran host on Nov. 17, 8PM ET in a special tentatively titled 'Katie Couric With a Regis Philbin Biography.' The date may change.

The Philbin interview will be one of Couric's first sitdowns since she left CBS for ABC. Couric has previously co-hosted 'Live!' and 'The View' for ABC. She's also sat down with Sarah Jessica Parker for 'Nightline.'

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Regis Philbin Hints Contract Talks Led to 'Live!' Departure, Insists He's Not Retiring

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 21st 2011 3:35PM
Regis PhilbinRegis Philbin is not retiring, he's just moving on from 'Live! With Regis and Kelly.' The legendary talk show host called Detroit's Mojo in the Morning radio show to set those rumors straight.

"I'm not calling it quits, you understand," he said. "I'm moving on. I'm not retiring. I'm not quitting. I'm moving on."

Philbin is leaving his 'Live!' post after 28 years with the morning program on Fri., Nov. 18. However, he seems to be painting a picture that it wasn't exactly a mutual split. When asked if contract talks had a hand in his exit, Philbin didn't exactly deny the rumors.

"The contractual issue just never worked out," he said, "but I was going to leave before that anyway."

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Kaley Cuoco Almost Wasn't on 'The Big Bang Theory' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 4th 2011 7:30PM
'The Big Bang Theory' star Kaley Cuoco seemed pretty comfortable on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), possibly because she co-starred with Kelly Ripa on the sitcom '8 Simple Rules.' After a brief bit of reminiscing, Cuoco talked about the important role that family plays in her life, and revealed that she almost didn't get the part of Penny on 'Big Bang.'

Regis asked Cuoco about her family, and her dad, who she recently took as her date to the Emmys. As it turns out, he's never missed a taping of any of the three sitcoms she's been on. "It's just the cutest thing ever," she said. Her family lives close by, and while she used to go to her folks' place for family dinners, they're now coming to her "dream house" instead. "I order in ... I don't cook anything," she joked.

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