Regis Philbin's Secret to Success

Katie Couric goes one-on-on with the TV legend before he leaves "Live."
3:00 | 11/17/11

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We are back with Katy Kirk her first husband -- since joining the ABC family at the premiere next year for new show -- We have to until September because -- -- -- special edition twenty -- On our friend Regis Philbin and Katie here with a -- we -- guys walking right there and even a real deep. -- on Regis yeah we spent a lot of time together Georgie -- this. -- -- Anyone knows you know Regis has had an incredible career he spent on live. For more than 28 years meanwhile he's work and show this. For more than a half century and he spent more hours in front of the TV cameras venue George Robin -- meat probably. More than every one -- Eee PC knees combined not talked to a lot of people about the secret of his success and I think I've come up with the answer. Regis loves being reach us. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I've got to listen and we -- have a sleeping probably as you might wonder what's left to learn about a man who has spent the last 28 years. Talking about himself. She was always choosing to be between Katie Couric and Barbara Walters -- -- fighting for my attention again. They hit they. This morning picture you're really wanted to beat the king of late night. The closest he got with a behind the eighteenth interview with Johnny Carson. And to his shot a dinner invitation. He made a date Wolfgang pucks restaurant and I got on the freeway and it kept going kept going and all of a -- CL EX. I've got to turn it off Kelly excellent couldn't find -- way back and there was no GPS that the time though GPS so ice bid. I'm telling I didn't ninety miles and I said I'm gonna get -- -- about splitting bullet -- and bullets. And I went into the restaurant. And and Mary was sitting there. He had that long face he was angry that I was linked he was I think consultant. And of all the guys you don't want it -- -- hosts stupid of me was the last experience with Johnny Carson -- to sing about it. Home. -- railroaded I'm sorry -- -- he's had a few including that it took more than ten years jumping around from station to station before he finally hit the big time. I wish I didn't have to wait to -- of -- late fifties before. The good the good part of my life and started in this business. -- -- -- He went national business started relief -- -- have -- question a lot earlier hemorrhoids zero. Has -- percent. In a way if you if you hate reality television today is -- I have to blame. Region myself for that because when the first ones that I know how -- I can't talk about their lives for a living on. -- Follow the memory who. Saying -- it's tough it's gonna be tough because they. You know are you looking it's not really dreading behind trying doesn't. Arnold you've -- -- so long and all of a sudden Hussein might have excellent and it's important that all -- years. Yen threatens. -- Okay please -- -- That is me. Boy says its -- private I think I'm going to do a lot of he finally audience will -- I think it seems like he really -- -- having some second thoughts there you know I mean I think it's bittersweet for him after 28 years can you imagine but he also set to -- some mornings after this long you wake up you just do not want to get out of bed and -- and -- the show and you know I think the timing is such he's a little -- soul. I'm eighty years young let's say it's -- -- is the most vibrant eighty year old I have ever met. In my life gets so much energy you know when you interview -- say hi Regis and then he gets hit the ground running not to think. He was here earlier this weekend and what do you at the Larry King grossed or whatever earlier doubt that the previous night. And he just has this energy about right now he's so much fun -- but behind the bomb -- and the bravado when the threat references to himself in the third person. He is such a pussycat and such a sweet and caring person.

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