Regis Philbin announces retirement





After more than 40 years in television, Regis Philbin is retiring from the small screen.

Philbin, 77, made the announcement Tuesday at the start of the long-running "Live with Regis & Kelly."

"This will be my last year on this show ... but there is a time, there is a time that everything needs to come to an end for certain people on camera, especially certain old people," Philbin said.

The show, now in its 22nd year in national syndication, began as a local morning show in New York in 1983.

Kathie Lee Gifford joined Philbin in 1985 on the show and it debuted three years later nationally as "Live with Regis & Kathie Lee."

Gifford left the show in 2000 and Philbin was joined by current co-host Kelly Ripa in 2001....


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