Many were shocked that Regis Philbin quit Live with Regis and Kelly. Reportedly Kelly Ripa was totally blindsided by the announcement and was told just 15 minutes before they went on the air. But some weren’t surprised. His ex-host Kathy Lee Grifford said that she wasn’t taken off guard by the news saying that she’s spent time with Regis over the last couple months and there were clues that his retirement was coming sooner than later. So why did Regis Philbin quit?He’s getting up there in years. Regis Philbin was born in 1931 and is 79 years old. Although he still has tons of energy, he’ll be turning 80 years old this year and many if not most are enjoying retirement by that age! Also, he’s been in show biz for so long – since the 50s – and has been wildly successful, he has nothing else to prove. He probably would love to spend more time with his beloved wife Joy than having to hit the set everyday.
Let’s hope he gets lots of rest and relaxation in his retirement!