The announcement today by television icon Regis Philbin that he will be retiring has shocked audiences nationwide. Though his retirement was inevitable, the news has saddened fans for whom the “Live with Regis and Kelly” host has changed the landscape of morning, and evening, television.
Where has Regis Philbin been, and what’s next for “Live with Regis and Kelly” and the television icon?
Who is Regis Philbin?
Philbin is the well-known host of “Live with Regis and Kelly,” formerly “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.” After the departure of Kathie Lee Gifford, Philbin embarked upon the quest for a new co-host, finally settling on Kelly Ripa, a daytime television actress. The pair has maintained an on-screen chemistry that has captivated audiences of all ages, nationwide.
In addition to his work on “Live with Regis and Kelly,” Philbin is well-known for his work on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” which he hosted at its inception. The show helped revitalize the flailing television game show genre, especially with its nighttime time slot. Philbin is also a singer, actor, and world-renowned entertainer.
What about Live with Regis and Kelly?
According to Philbin on-air, the “Live with Regis and Kelly” show will continue. The Associated Press notes that Disney-ABC Domestic Television says that Philbin will be replaced in the franchise and a new co-host is expected to join Kelly Ripa when Philbin retires at the end of the summer.
The show regularly utilizes guest hosts when Regis and Kelly are ill, out of town, on vacation, or have scheduling conflicts or other engagements. It’s unknown whether or not the show will try out new co-hosts before making a final choice, as they did when they chose Kelly Ripa to replace Kathie Lee Gifford, or if they’ll make a choice from previous guest hosts.
What’s next for Regis Philbin?
Don’t expect his retirement from “Live with Regis and Kelly” to mark the end of Regis Philbin’s television career. Philbin regularly does guest appearances on television shows and in the media, and there’s no reason to suspect a total departure from the spotlight. Though he may not ever resume a regular role like the one he’s become known for, the television icon may yet have more surprises in store for audiences and fans.
“Live with Regis and Kelly;” On-air commentary, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011
The Associated Press; http://www.mcall.com/entertainment/mc-ap-regis-philbin-retiring,0,5868899.story