Philbin Retires From Daytime TV

click image to enlarge
January 18, 2011 | 11:25am EST

Veteran TV presenter Regis Philbin is retiring from his daytime chat show Live With Regis And Kelly – after almost 28 years on air.
The beloved 79-year-old host announced his exit at the start of Tuesday’s program, which he now co-hosts with actress Kelly Ripa.

Philbin will step down from the show at the end of this summer, although he did not specify a departure date.

The news comes a year after Philbin underwent an operation to remove a blood clot that formed following hip replacement surgery and forced him off the air for several weeks.

Philbin’s daytime hosting duties began in 1983, with a local New York TV program called The Morning Show with Cyndy Garvey as his original co-host. In 1988, it was reincarnated with actress Kathie Lee Gifford, and became Live with Regis and Kathie Lee until 2000.

Ripa joined as Philbin’s newest co-host in 2001 after Gifford’s departure.