Regis Philbin Says He's Retiring From His Show

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New York (AP) -- Veteran broadcaster Regis Philbin says he's retiring from his weekday talk show.

Regis, 79, made the announcement at the start of Tuesday morning's "Live with Regis and Kelly," which he has hosted for 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.

He's been on both local and national television in various capacaties for 50 years, including serving as "second banana" to Joey Bishop on his late-night TV show from 1967-69. He hosted "Live" before it became a nationally-syndicated program in 1988.

But Philbin's stock really rose when he began hosting the million-dollar quiz show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", TV's first prime-time game show in more than 30 years, from 1999-2002, and in specials through 2009. He also hosted "Million Dollar Password" in 2008.

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

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