It’s the end of an era! After 28 years, 80 year old Regis Philbin hosted his final Live! With Regis and Kelly show on Friday.
It was a star-studded affair with an audience filled with fans of the veteran show-biz personality – including Katie Couric, Donald Trump, Alan Alda, Meredith Vieira, Diane Sawyer, Tony Danza and former co-host Kathie Lee Gifford. Others like Emma Stone, Selena Gomez, Justin Timberlake and Anne Hathaway filmed video tributes to Philbin.
We watched a montage of Philbin impersonators, plus a touching tribute featuring all the shows famous guests from over the years.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand to present Reeg with a key to the city.
A teary eyed Kelly Ripa thanked Regis for helping the once terrified soap-opera actress become the confident talk show host she is today.
“I’ve had the privilege of walking 43 steps with you from my dressing room to the studio floor, five days a week,” Ripa stated. “Except for when you have off on Fridays, and Fridays and Mondays in the summer.”
“Your light is what shined around all of us and made us look so bright for so long,” Ripa said.
In his final farewell, the TV legend thanked his staff, crew, producers and co-host. He then said “Some people ask why has this show stayed on so long, and I think it’s answered to me every time people tell me why they watch it. They watch it, they say, because it makes them feel better. And It can’t get better than that. It makes them happy. I’ll never be able to top that. And I’ll never be able to answer all the cards and letters and messages that have poured in, especially in the last few weeks but I’ll always remember spending these mornings with all of you So thank you very much for these great years together. God bless you all, and I hope I see you again real soon.”
Jerry Seinfeld join Ripa on Monday morning as the first of a series of guest hosts.
Watch Philbin’s & Pipa’s parting words: