After being in show business for 40 years, Regis Philbin shocked fans when he announced he will be retiring from his hit syndicated morning talk show, ‘Live with Regis and Kelly,’ sometime in late summer, Popeater.com is reporting. The famed 79-year-old talk show host confirmed the news when he said “I don’t want to alarm anybody, but this will be my last year on the show.”
Philbin has hosted several different versions of the program since 1983, when it premiered as ‘The Morning Show.’ He has had several co-hosts since then, including Cyndy Garvey, Ann Abernathy, Kathie Lee Gifford and his current co-host, Kelly Ripa. While he added that it has been a thrill for him to be able to host a talk show in New York, he also said that “There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera -- especially certain old people!”
The veteran talk show host, who has also hosted such shows as ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ and ‘America’s Got Talent,’ holds a Guinness world record for most hours logged on television. But rumors began swirling several years ago about his retirement, when he said he loves being off. There hasn’t been any speculation yet over who will replace Philbin when he leaves.