The Reign of Regis

The wacky, witty television host who has dazzled America for decades retires.
3:00 | 11/17/11

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Well tomorrow marks the end of an Arab before there was hope brought before there was Phil Donahue there was Regis Regis Philbin has been a fixture in living rooms across the country for over half a century. Logging nearly 171000. Hours of the air. But to his final morning on the set of the show that he created by -- security BC Katie -- has been spending quality time with -- just. -- -- it light but what did you learn about Regis. Let you know he is this warm and wonderful off camera as he is on camera -- you know he's very authentic he's very real plan. Yet I think there's some deep -- that insecurity at the young man he was very unsure of himself he didn't have a lot of self confidence -- his parents for very disapprove eight. Up the notion of him going into show business nonetheless he's -- and show this for more than fifty years his first job was as an NB CH. Back in 1956 -- he wanted to be a singer like his idol Bing Crosby or a late night TV host like his other idol Johnny Carson but luckily for us. He became our morning cup of Regis. In 28 years there have been -- -- I can't say it. -- -- And after -- him. And milky. -- And -- curious about -- And for nearly three decades this is routine both on and off the air. Has been virtually the same. I've got a shot -- A preview of the taste -- packaged like eight -- let. A newspaper delivery at 840 courtesy of his work through considerably Gary gold teeth and all these hearings 7000 a week it. And at 845 -- gets ready and on the run down. By executive producer extraordinaire. Michael Gelman got Gelman just walked in. He's never admit there's certainly -- -- Making her way to look at what time -- -- Days. -- -- Ready or not. You being -- yeah. Cannot come by dawn this morning I opened the -- is Katie Couric with a little class a little cup of coffee we you meet your apartment and hand. -- she did not sleep over last night. Unvarnished unrehearsed. And unscripted. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- If you hate reality television today. Is sort I have to blame them. Region myself for that because we were the first ones -- But I know that never got paid to talk about their lives for lives -- -- popcorn yet Clark Hunt are gonna take a little trip. Memory lane -- just awful I hate memory -- I don't. Banks. Followed remember reading. Who the last big goodbye online is when Kathie Lee left -- and this is quite touching -- think. Earlier. -- -- Have a sense when he was canonize -- -- is tough it's going to be tough for me. You know are you looking forward not really -- the kinda. -- -- -- a morning news it is. -- fans looking for their filled in -- after tomorrow will be able to find him that a series of night club dates he scheduled this winter. Both mornings will never -- be the -- For him or for us. The definition of maestro is a master of an arms -- and Regis Philbin and made his unique brand of television. I'm art forms all its own. Jones the moon -- gave me just -- these benefits. I hope you'll be remembered most score. 171000 hours in front of the television cameras on -- battlefield. Network defense. What I'll miss most after all these years in. All the excitement of walking out -- -- hearings on the walls and and knowing that the audiences stand there on -- side everybody at the same -- you can't do that. -- Well but it's not over yet not only did you do when our special with -- tonight Good Morning America this morning and now -- line. You're going back for more that's right -- port. Things have not seen the laughed at -- and -- think he's gonna take at a TRO at this point but I'm -- -- in the audience tomorrow morning to watch him. Say goodbye and I think it's going to be very emotional he assures me he's not gonna cry at that and ten bucks that he will -- -- you know who lancer actually when you watch tomorrow -- today cannot find. Ten bucks richer or poor and then give you my box of Kleenex yes exactly I think I'll cry even if he doesn't exactly thank you so much.

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