Regis Philbin gives notice of his last day on 'Live!'
Regis Philbin on Tuesday announced his final date with "Live! With Regis and Kelly": It'll be Nov. 18, the Friday before Thanksgiving.
The detail came after Monday's kickoff of the show's new season, which has been dubbed Philbin's "Celebration Farewell Season" and includes plans for months of trivia contests and flashback clips from the last 28 years.
In January, Philbin announced he'd be stepping away from his 28-year morning gig, joking that, "There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera, especially certain old people."
Sources told TMZ at the time that the decision came after ABC execs told his agent the host's next contract would include a pay cut. Philbin, who'd dumped his longtime agency a day after announcing his plans to leave "Live!" denied that assertion, saying he'd actually made up his mind to leave "a long time ago."
On Monday, Kelly Ripa took offense to the 80-year-old host referring to the eventuality of "our final show," pointing out that the morning talker would go on after his departure. Ripa pulled up a seat next to Reege in 2001, permanently filling a spot left vacant by Kathie Lee Gifford in 2000.
"You mean the show isn't wrapping up?" joked a faux-flummoxed Philbin.
And so -- let the flashbacks begin.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: How's this for a flashback? Regis Philbin introduces Kelly Ripa as his new co-host in February 2001. Credit: Reuters.