Regis Philbin retires!
Regis and Kelly
Regis Philbin said Good Bye to millions of fans during his final tv show - “Live! With Regis and Kelly.”
At age 80, Regis has been on tv for 995,000 minutes throughout 28 years! Yikes!
“Here we go. This is it,” he said to open the show. “The final walk.”
I've often asked new retirees HOW do you walk out that door the final day? How? (and yet, yes, I walked... ) But Regis, like Andy Rooney, had to do this publicly. That must be tough... we all know that retirement is not always easy.
Then he says something like: “Where is Regis going? Regis don’t know. Stop asking me! I’ll always remember spending these morning with all of you.”
I couldn't say that to my own office, the words just wouldn't come -- and yes, Regis is a professional on TV, and yet, I can imagine the lump in his throat as these words came out...
Regis did get teary as they showed many memories and guests did the same. I watched all week -- all the funny scenarios he did for all these years! It was great to watch (and many I'd never seen before since I worked full time for much of his 28 years on tv). Finally, He even got a key to New York city from the mayor!
Finally, I love Twitter... and the "hashtag" for #RegisFarewell was HUGE! So many tweets about Regis leaving.. it was amazing!
Best Wishes Regis.. you may not be on TV daily, but we KNOW we'll still see plenty of you out and about!
Enjoy your Retirement!