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By FRAZIER MOORE
The Associated Press
Tuesday, January 18, 2011; 9:48 AM

NEW YORK -- Veteran broadcaster Regis Philbin is retiring from his weekday talk show.

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Philbin made the announcement at the start of Tuesday morning's "Live With Regis and Kelly," which he has hosted for more than a quarter-century, most recently sharing hosting duties with Kelly Ripa.

Philbin said he would be stepping down from the show around the end of the summer, but he didn't specify a departure date.

"I don't want to alarm anybody," he began, then declared, "This will be my last year on the show.

"It's been a long time. It's been 28 years," he continued, "and it was the biggest thrill of my life to come back to New York, where I grew up as a kid watching TV in the early days, you know, never even dreaming that I would one day have the ability, or whatever it takes, to get in front of the camera and talk to it. ...

"There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera - especially certain old people!" cracked Philbin, who is 79.

"I think I can only speak for America and all of us here," responded Ripa, "when I say it has been a pleasure and a privilege and a dream come true. And I wish I could do something to make you change your mind."

"Now wait a minute," Philbin said slyly.

Nothing was said about the future of the show after Philbin's exit, or what the future holds for Ripa, who is currently marking a decade as Philbin's co-host.

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Disney-ABC Domestic Television distributes "Live! With Regis and Kelly."

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Online:

http://bventertainment.go.com/tv/buenavista/regisandkelly/index.html



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