January 18, 2011

Regis Philbin Tells Kelly Ripa Retirement News Minutes Before Show Time!

Regis and KellyRegis Philbin shocked his morning show audience Tuesday, announcing that he will soon retire from hosting ‘Live! With Regis and Kelly.’  However no one was more stunned than his co-host, Kelly Ripa, who reportedly learned of Regis’ big news less than 15-minutes before going live on the air.

TMZ reports that although Kelly was “stunned” that Regis didn’t share the news well in advance, she wasn’t upset.  Reportedly Regis felt that if he spoke to anyone before making the announcement, the news would have leaked out.

The loveable 79-year old talk show host joked, “There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera, especially certain old people,” while sharing his decision this morning [via TMZ].

While Kelly said, “I think I can only speak for America and all of us here when I say it has been a pleasure and a privilege and a dream come true and I wish I could do something to change your mind.”

Regis didn’t name a specific retirement date, saying only that he would likely tape his last show towards the end of the summer.

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