On Tuesday morning, January 18, 2011, in front of his “Live with Regis and Kelly” fans, Regis Philbin announced he was retiring – not from show business like everyone thought – but from his show, “Live with Regis and Kelly.” The news immediately spread like wildfire throughout the country, and by nightfall just about every talk show host had new material to talk about.
Locally, in Providence, Rhode Island, online news outlets WPRI.com, Turn to 10 News, and the Providence Journal, all reported that Regis was calling it quits.
Regis Calls It Quits
On Wednesday morning, January 19th, when Regis showed up for work, he was shocked AND touched with all the attention. His “Live with Regis and Kelly” desk was covered with either newspapers wishing him well, or tabloids wondering what in the world was wrong with him. What would prompt Regis to just up and quit?
Rumors were already spreading. Regis must be sick. Regis is getting old. Regis will begin reporting sports news. Regis is going on vacation, etc. He put all these rumors to rest. Regis went on and on like he does when he’s kidding or making light of a serious issue. But some of them were just downright hilarious.
<<<—- Read on, then watch the video to the left of a conversation between David Letterman and himself. You’ll be laughing by the end too!
Regis explains to Kelly Ripa, “I was only kidding, but I love the press! I’m not retiring from television, I’m just leaving the show,” he said. One of the other speculations was he was sick. “I’m not sick, I’m healthy, I’m fine. Who’s going to replace Regis? I don’t want to get morbid about it, but I almost felt like I was looking at my obituary!”
Regis went on, “Mayor Bloomberg called, Don Rickles left a message, “Just saw it, I hope you’re all right, I guess you’ll be moving to a trailor park,” Rickles teased. “Donald Trump called to say he was still thinking of running for president.”
David Letterman Hangs Up on Regis
Letterman calls Regis and says, “This better be Regis, Hello? Regis, is that you?” Regis replies, “Yes, who is this?” Letterman jokes, “I just want to make sure you got the menu I slipped under the door.” Regis is chuckling by now, “This is one of the busiest days of my life. I’ve got reporters here, Barbara Walters is at my door, Katie Couric is down in the lobby crying. There’s only so much I can do. What do you want?”
Letterman, always ready to string someone along said, “Regis when I spoke to you this morning I was crest-fallen at the news that you were leaving television, but I think I misunderstood something. Is there something that needs to be cleared up about the announcement?” Regis said, “You know, I had a drink before I made the announcement.” Letterman teased, “Like any other Tuesday. I got the impression you were retiring, but that’s not neccessarily the case, is that right?” Regis agreed, “Yes, I’m not retiring, I should have said that. I’m leaving the show. I’m not leaving show business.”
Regis got David Letterman to sing a round of, “There’s no business like show business” and when Letterman was done singing, he just hung up!
Providence, Rhode Island area fans can view the “Live with Regis and Kelly” show Monday through Friday at 10:00am on ABC Channel 6.
Source: “Live with Regis and Kelly”
Photo: TV personality Regis Philbin poses for a portrait at the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards held at the Las Vegas Hilton on June 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was reported that Regis Philbin, 79, announced on Live with Regis and Kelly today that he will be retiring sometime early this fall January 18, 2011. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for ATI)