Regis Philbin retiring from 'Live With Regis and Kelly' [poll]
"This will be my last year on this show," Philbin told viewers. "It's been a long time; it's been 28 years since I've been here. And it was the biggest thrill of my life.
"There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera, especially certain old people," he joked.
Philbin, 79, didn't give a specific end date, but said he'd wrap it up "at the end of summer, into the fall."
Ripa will continue on the show, and the studio said in a statement that it will find a new co-host to sit down with her. Kathie Lee Gifford was Philbin's co-host starting in 1985, two years into the show's run, until Ripa replaced her in 2001.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Host Regis Philbin onstage at the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards at the Las Vegas Hilton in 2010. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images