Breaking news this morning, long time host of Live with Regis and Kelly, and even before Kelly Ripa, with Live with Regis and Kathie, has announced he is retiring from the series. Philben made the annoucement at the top of this morning’s episode of Live with Regis and Kelly. Regis Philben has been co-hosting the series for 25 years, but made it clear that the show will continue with Kelly Ripa and that their will be a replacement for him.
Philben stated, “This will be my last year on this show. It’s been a long time, it’s been 28 years since I’ve been here. And it was the biggest thrill of my life to come back to New York, where I grew up as a kid watching TV in the early days, you know, never even dreaming that I would one day have the ability, or whatever it takes, to get in front of the camera and talk to it.”
Philbin holds the world record for most hours spent in front of a TV camera with well over 16,000 hours on the air.