This morning on live television, beloved morning show personality Regis Philbin announced that he’ll no longer co-host “Live! with Regis and Kelly.” When I heard the news just now, my initial thought was, what will happen to Kelly Ripa? Will Kelly continue to host without Regis, presumably with a new partner, or will she be forced to move on to greener pastures? I certainly can’t imagine the show without Regis, who has been at the helm for 28 years. Philbin will retire at an unspecified date over the summer.
The Associated Press says the show will go on with Ripa and a new co-host. They report, “The show’s distributors, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, said in a statement the “Live” franchise will continue, adding that a new co-host will be named to join Ripa, who marks 10 years with the show next month.”
I wonder how many new parents and stay-at-home moms will be crushed when one of the most lovable curmudgeons on television departs near his 80th birthday? I’ve never been a big morning show person, since I don’t watch that much TV in general, but I’ve always found Regis Philbin to be super charming. I spoke to him once, very briefly, when he was looking at The Pierre Hotel as a location for a big event he was going to throw. He was a man of the people, very gregarious. He will surely be missed by the millions who watch him daily! I only hope Kelly can find a co-host who loves Halloween as much as Regis does.