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    Regis Philbin is leaving the host chair after 28 years. Philbin, wo has enjoyed a legendary television career says saying goodbye is "tough." Watch "Regis Philbin: The Morning Maestro With Katie Couric" Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. for a trip down memory lane.
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    Regis Philbin as a baby in the Bronx, N.Y. He was raised on Krueger Avenue during the Great Depression, on the bottom floor of a two-family house.
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    Regis Philbin as a young boy. He says his parents -- a first-generation Irish-American and Marine and an Italian-American fulltime housewife -- didn't have any idea about his showbiz dreams. "I used to stay in this house, six years old, tune in WNEW, which was the key radio station in New York City," he told Katie Couric. "And every night at 9:30, Bing Crosby would have a half hour of songs."
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    Regis Philbin as a "soda boy" in the Bronx in 1950.
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    Regis Philbin graduated Notre Dame in 1953. He's seen here with his uncle, Press Agent Arthur Godfrey, who helped him get his first job as a Page at NBC.
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    Regis Philbin's Notre Dame yearbook photo.
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    Regis Philbin as a young man in the military. He served in the United States Navy as a supply officer.
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    Phibin and Joey Bishop laughing during an episode of "The Joey Bishop Show" in 1967. Philbin told Katie Couric he took the job as Bishop's sidekick because he "thought about what happened to Ed McMann and Hugh Downs with Jack Paar before that, they all went on to their own big careers in the business."
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    Regis Philbin on air at Channel 8 in San Diego.
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    Regis Philbin interviews Ronald Reagan.
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    Philbin celebrated 30 years on the air with present and past co-hosts on May 15, 1992. Clockwise from left: Joy Philbin, Sarah Purcell, Mary Hart, Kathie Lee Gifford and Ann Abernathy. "If you hate reality television today, you sort of have to blame Rege and myself for that," Gifford said. "Because we were the first ones that I know of that ever got paid to talk about their lives for a living."
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    Regis Philbin and co-host Kathie Lee Gifford hold a cake presented to her during her final appearance on July 28, 2000. After 15 years of chatter, camaraderie and controversy, Gifford bid farewell to "Live with Regis & Kathie Lee."
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    Host Regis Philbin shares a laugh with new co-host Kelly Ripa during a broadcast of "Live with Regis and Kelly" Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, New York. Ripa was known for her role on ABC's soap opera "All My Children" and replaced Kathie Lee Gifford who left the show in July 2000.
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    Philbin gets a kiss from his wife Joy after receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on, April 10, 2003.
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    Philbin and Kelly Ripa welcome back co-host Kathie Lee Gifford for the taping of Live's 20th Anniversary Special on Sept. 11, 2007.
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    Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa outfit themselves as "Jon and Kate Plus 8" stars Kate and Jon Gosselin on "LIVE! with Regis and Kelly's" 2009 Halloween special, "LIVE's Reality Bites Halloween Spectacular."
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    Regis Philbin and executive producer Michael Gelman prepare for the show in Philbin's office before taping an episode of "Live! with Regis and Kelly" on Oct. 28, 2011.
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    Regis Philbin took Katie Couric back to the Bronx neighborhood where he grew up for "Regis Philbin: The Morning Maestro with Katie Couric." He enjoys a slice of Boston Cream Pie with old friends, including childhood pals Ed "The Tank" Treratola and Tom "Freakin'" Finelli.
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    Philbin played stickball in his old neighborhood.
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    Philbin, Couric and current students at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx. "I think it had a great influence on me, and not only was it religious, but it was very disciplinarian as well," Philbin told Couric. He told the senior class to "pursue your dream ...whatever you want to be, you're good enough to be. And you know why? Because you are a Hayes man."
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