It is the end of an era. Regis Philbin had is final episode of Live â€˜With Regis & Kellyâ€™today, sigh.
In front of a star studded audience morning show staple Regis bid his final farewell to TV, for now. Some big names in attendance included Katie Couric, The Donald and of course Kathie Lee Gifford and her hubby Frank, just to name a few. You canâ€™t have a good-bye show for Philbin without Kathie Lee there. He has been on a morning TV show for 28 years which is freaking awesome. The show was a little bit retirement party and a little bit of a roast chalked full of surprises, smiles and tears. Reg certainly made some great memories on that show.
There were a number of heartfelt speeches made in honor the of the man of the hour. His current host of the show Kelly Ripa gave a speech that will literally put her in tears and you can see that below. Then there was ABC CEO Robert Iger who informed Regis that a plaque honoring him would be placed on the side of the building ABC building where he worked for so many years. Not to be out done Mayor Bloomberg gave Philbin a key to the city.
My favorite part of the episode was when an off Broadway cast gave a personalized version of the song â€˜Seasons of Loveâ€™ based on the number of minutes Reg spent which just so happens to be 995,600 minutes. The song was awesome and pics of Philbin played in the background. There seriously could not have been a dry eye in the house as this performance was going on. You can see for yourself what I am talking about in the below video.
That my friends as they say is the end. Good-bye Reg mornings will not be the same without you.
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