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Regis Philbin Says Farewell After Setting Record for Most Time on Television

18 November 2011 2:38 AM, PST | | See recent BuddyTV news »

This morning, Regis Philbin blew a kiss and said goodbye to his loyal morning show audience of more than 28 years.

Philbin, 80, has been a ubiquitous presence on America's small screens for 50 years, from The Joey Bishop Show in the 1960s to millennial game show hit Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and holds the world record for most time on television, with approximately 17,000 hours.

This morning, surrounded by family, friends and crying admirers, including his Live with Regis and Kelly co-host Kelly Ripa, Philbin celebrated his final hour on the program with a joyful look back at his career -- sprinkled, as always, with Philbin's trademark spontaneous wit. After a sweet-bordering-on-saccharine montage entitled, "You Make Me Smile," Philbin's evaluation was, "A little long, but okay." And when it came time for his final words, he joked to his producer, "Let's get this over with!" »


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