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Live with Regis and Kelly: Can the Show Survive Without Regis Philbin?

19 January 2011 8:17 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Regis Philbin, a man who's logged nearly 17,000 hours on the air, has announced that he's leaving Live with Regis and Kelly. He's been with the show since it began in 1983. After all this time, could the show possibly continue with another male co-host?

Originally known as The Morning Show, it began as a local program in New York on Wabc-tv. Philbin and Cyndy Garvey were the initial hosts and had worked together on a similar program on the West Coast called A.M. Los Angeles. Garvey was replaced by Ann Abernathy who was then replaced by Kathie Lee Johnson (later Gifford). It was at this point that the show really took off in the ratings. In September 1988, it was under the name Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.

After 12 years, Gifford decided to depart from the show in an effort »


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