Regis Philbin will say goodbye to his talk show on Friday, wrapping up a 23-year run on LIVE! With Regis and Kelly. He plans to develop a new morning routine shortly thereafter, however, and it sounds like a pretty good one, too.
According to a report from Us Magazine, the 80-year-old talk show host plans to sleep in longer in the mornings as part of his new routine.
“Some mornings I just [didn’t] feel like [filming]!” he explains. “I’d rather sleep in longer.”
That won’t happen right away, however. Regis has a new book out called How I Got This Way, and he will be busy promoting it in the next couple of weeks. And that’s probably a really good thing, since he could experience a few days of mixed-up feelings in light of leaving the show.
“I’m going to be with my friends at a book [event],” Regis Philbin says about what he’ll do next Monday. “I’ll probably watch the show from my hotel room. It’s a good thing [I’ll be promoting my book], because it will take my mind off how I’m going to feel Monday morning when i don’t walk down the hall with Kelly.”
Joy Philbin, Regis’s wife of 41 years, isn’t so sure she’s happy about having Regis at home all day, so she’s glad he’s at least got the book promotion coming up.
“She hasn’t liked [my leaving] from the minute she heard it. She enjoys her privacy at home!” Regis says.
Regis Philbin’s exit from LIVE! With Regis and Kelly on Friday marks the end of an era. His will be some really big shoes to fill. Guest hosts will fill in for a while but it remains unknown exactly who will take the talk show guru’s place on a more permanent basis.
So now everyone should plan on picking up a copy of How I Got This Way by Regis Philbin. Someone has to make it worth the poor guy’s while to go out and promote his book–right. Do you think he’ll miss doing his show with Kelly Ripa or have any regrets about getting done? Probably once he’s gotten the hang of sleeping late, everything will be just fine in the Philbin household.
Who do you think would make the best replacement for Regis Philbin?
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