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Regis Philbin isÂ retiringÂ from Live with Regis andÂ Kelly today and it will be a sad day for him! Awwww, what will Kelly do without Regis!
The veteran show-biz personality began his final appearance as host of â€œLive! With Regis and Kellyâ€ on Friday with cameras following his walk from the dressing room to the stage. At 80 years old, he is stepping down from the show he has co-hosted for 28 years.
â€œI canâ€™t take any more surprises,â€ he told his off-camera executive producer, Michael Gelman.
The first came from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who came onstage to give Philbin a symbolic key to New York City. Celebrities Justin Timberlake, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez and others paid warm tributes to Philbin on tape.
The audience for his final show was stacked with celebrities, too, including Katie Couric, Donald Trump, former host Kathie Lee Gifford, Tony Danza, Alan Alda and Meredith Vieira.
â€œI wanted this to be a show where people would feel better about themselves, to look at life in a different way, a funnier way,â€ Philbin said.
Much of the final weekâ€™s episodes have been devoted to paying tribute to Philbin. His pal David Letterman even stopped by, and so did Vice President Joe Biden.
His final episode also contained a film package of celebrities who have tried to imitate Philbinâ€™s mannerisms, led by comic Dana Carvey.
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