Regis Philbin Reveals His Retirement Date

Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa
Live! With Regis and Kelly co-hosts
During today’s Live! With Regis and Kelly show Regis Philbin revealed his last day on the popular program will be Friday, November 18, 2011. The 80 year old announced his desire to retire back in January, but it wasn’t until today that he confirmed exactly when he’ll be signing off from the ABC series for good.
Producer Michael Gelman said that as of right now Philbin’s replacement is not in place. Among the celebs rumored to be in the running to take over are Howie Mandel and Survivor‘s Jeff Probst.
Philbin kidded his co-host Kelly Ripa saying she’ll be trying out new men to take his place, but no matter who finally lands the co-hosting gig, they’ll have big shoes to fill. Philbin’s been appearing on the daytime TV series since 1983 and was joined in 1985 by Kathie Lee Gifford. Ripa took over co-hosting duties when Gifford left in 2001.

-September 6, 2011