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Regis Philbin gives notice of his last day on 'Live!'

Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa

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.

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Photo: How's this for a flashback? Regis Philbin introduces Kelly Ripa as his new co-host in February 2001. Credit: Reuters.

 


Lisa Rinna says she'd join Kelly Ripa after Regis Philbin leaves 'Live'

Lisa Rinna wants to join Kelly Ripa when Regis Philbin leaves "Live"

Lisa Rinna, who 10 years ago was up for the "Live" job that Kelly Ripa ultimately snagged, would now like to take Regis Philbin's spot on the show.

"I think it's actually smart to put a lady in there [with] Kelly," the former "Days of Our Lives" star told PopEater. "It would be fun to co-host with her, at least see what the chemistry would be like, 'cause we know sometimes women get along, sometimes they don't."

Philbin, 79, who has hosted "Live" for nearly 28 years, announced in January he would leave the show at the end of this summer. Ripa has been his co-host for a decade, since Kathie Lee Gifford left the show.

"You can't replace Regis," said Rinna, who recently co-hosted "Live" while Ripa was on vacation, but added that Philbin has long been a supporter.

"Kelly, she of course should have gotten the role, but every time I sit down with Regis, he says, 'It could have been yours.' Ten years later, he said it again today," Rinna told PopEater.

Do you think "Live With Kelly and Lisa" could be a hit? Let us know in the comments.

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Photos: Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, left. Lisa Rinna, right. Credits: Steve Friedman / Buena Vista Television / Reuters, left; Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times, right.


Carrie Ann Inaba engaged to boyfriend Jesse Sloan thanks to Regis Philbin

Carrie Ann Inaba is engaged -- boyfriend Jesse Sloan surprised the "Dancing With the Stars" judge while she was filling in for Kelly Ripa with Regis Philbin on "Live With Regis and Kelly" Thursday.

Talk about romantic proposals.

Sloan set up the whole thing with Philbin, who began the segment reading a letter from a man seeking advice on how to propose to his girlfriend. Watch the full proposal above.

Leave it to Rege to set the mood -- dim the lights, play romantic music and pull out a bouquet of flowers -- all the while broadcasting live to America.

Inaba, not catching on until her boyfriend appeared onstage, began crying when he professed his love to her: "I struggle to find the words to express what you mean to me. You're an inspiration. You're everything to me. Will you marry me?"

Um, yes. Though if she said no, she'd probably be more loathed than co-"Dancing" judge Len Goodman.

Our favorite part is Philbin saying, "Whoa!" when Sloan pulled out the ring.

The happy couple kissed and was later congratulated onstage by Howie Mandel and Jake Gyllenhaal, who snapped photos with them and Philbin.

What do you think of the proposal? Too grand or just right? Let us know in comments!

For more on "Dancing With the Stars" and Inaba, visit our sister TV blog Show Tracker.

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Regis Philbin is retiring from Live With Regis and Kelly Regis Philbin is retiring, he announced Tuesday on "Live! With Regis and Kelly" -- ending a decades-long run on the morning show, but not ending the show itself.

"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."

The announcement was a surprise. Even co-host Kelly Ripa didn't know the news until about 15 minutes before the show started. Was it calling in to Larry King's retirement show that got him thinking?

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.

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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


David Arquette wants us to know he is having sex again -- but not before splitting with Courteney Cox

David Arquette gets super sexy in Sacramento

After oversharing that he'd not had sex for months with estranged wife Courteney Cox, David Arquette would also like people to know that he didn't have sex with anyone else for 11 years either.

This time he wasn't opening his yap on Howard Stern's satellite radio show -- we'll get to that later -- but rather on that racy, raunchy, hotbed of smut known as "Live! With Regis and Kelly."

Arquette and Cox had a deal where they were separated and could see other people, he said, "So somebody sold the story and I didn't want to get labeled as a cheater."

He didn't mind admitting on a return visit to Stern's show, however, that he cried the first time he had post-nuptial, non-Cox sex.

No permanent emotional scarring, apparently -- Arquette said that in addition to sexing up Jasmine Waltz, he'd hit the sheets with a blond Australian woman he met at a party. Rejecting Stern's advice that he bump uglies with Jennifer Aniston, noting that she's his future ex-wife's best friend, he left the door open for a scandalous tryst with Angelina Jolie instead.

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Reaction to the end of 'Larry King Live': almost entirely gracious

Larry-king-cnn Nancy Reagan called, and Regis Philbin, and Diane Sawyer, and Anderson Cooper via video, all to check in with Larry King on Tuesday after he announced that he'd be leaving his 25-year-old CNN show come fall.

"Nothing is forever, but there's new things ahead," King told Reagan. 

"Well good, as long as it's better, that's fine," she replied.

Ministry readers responding to our nonscientific online poll were, at the time of this post's publication, also tilting in favor of "Yes, I'll miss 'Larry King Live' when it's gone." (You can vote at the end of this post.)

King's cable competitors from MSNBC chimed in as well: Rachel Maddow with well wishes, and Keith Olbermann with some tweets that were, surprisingly, all about Keith Olbermann.

After alerting his followers that King would be stepping down, the "Countdown" kid explained who he was talking about — "Larry King is a lovely, generous man who tried, for eight years, to convince his bosses to hire me to be his 8 p.m. lead-in at CNN" — and then trifled with a world-record reference from Larry's "I'm outta here" statement:

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Bryant Gumbel reveals he's been treated for lung cancer


Gumbels Bryant Gumbel revealed today on "Live With Regis and Kelly" that he has been diagnosed with and treated for lung cancer, having undergone surgery two months ago.

"They took a malignant tumor, and they took part of my lung, and they took some other goodies," he told co-host Kelly Ripa, "and the pathology on most of the stuff came back benign, but enough aggressive cells had escaped the tumor that it warranted some treatment, and I went through that, and it's done now."

He said he even kept the news from his "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel" staff and emphasized that he hopes -- hopes -- that it's over and done now. 

Gumbel has been filling in for Regis Philbin, who had hip surgery Dec. 1.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Bryant Gumbel and his wife, Hillary, in New York last month. Credit: Mark Von Holden / Getty Images for Dimension Films.

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'Jon and Kate' do 'Regis and Kelly' show together for Halloween


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Some people go sexy for Halloween. Some go silly. On "Live With Regis and Kelly," they went just plain scary: Regis Philbin showed up Friday as Jon Gosselin, and Kelly Ripa joined the party in a Kate Gosselin reverse mullet.

More scary fun came from a production of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance -- here's a behind-the-scenes peek at costume, makeup and rehearsals, and the video is below. 

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Photo: For their show's Halloween celebration, Regis Philbin, left, showed up for work as Jon Gosselin and Kelly Ripa took one for the team as Kate Gosselin. Credit: David M. Russell / Associated Press / Disney-ABC Domestic Television



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