Regis Philbin announces leave of absence from 'Live with Regis and Kelly'

Regis Philbin announced today on Live with Regis and Kelly that he will take a leave of absence from the show to recover from hip replacement surgery he’s undergoing Dec. 1. A Regis & Kelly rep tells EW the 78-year-old host plans to return to the show after the four-to-six week recovery period that is standard for this type of medical procedure.


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  • Peggy

    Will Kelly have rotating hosts while Regis is gone? Best of wishes to Regis. Hope everything goes well.

    • dru

      She needs to get Clay Aiken back and let’s get Adam Lambert too. Who else can she make homophobic comments about? “I don’t know where those hands have been” when she had covered Regis’ mouth with her own hands before.

      Regis is the only reason to watch the show. Kelly is more irritating than even Kathy Lee.

    • Stephanie

      Get Matthew Lawrence to guest host

  • marge

    They should just have Mark Consuelos fill in the whole time – he’s the best replacement they have.

  • Ginny

    Kelly annoys the living daylights out of me, but she and Mark Counsuelos do play off each other well. They definetely have chemistry.

    • kent

      Kelly’s great, actually. People that can’t spell the word “definitely” correctly annoy the heck our of me. What’re you gonna do?

      • ()()()()

        “Our” of me?? KENT before you correct someone else watch your own typos.

      • kent


      • BMG

        People “who” — (not that)

      • kent

        I’m getting bored with this, but “that” and “who” are interchangeable when you’re talking about a person. You can check out the American Heritage dictionary, or read a little Chaucer if you’d like. As long as Ginny can spell “definitely” my work here is done.

    • Angie

      I would hope so, since they are married with 3 kids.

      • Perdida

        That really has nothing to do with whether two people have chemistry as performers.

      • ()()()()

        KENT can’t even spell “out” correctly, why would anyone take what he says seriously??!!??!!

  • Michael Moore

    I’ll do it! As long as you have cheesecake on the snack table

  • Jen

    I vote Anderson Cooper for guest host. He’s my favorite.

    • Kate

      I agree! He’s hilarious.

    • Heather

      I vote Anderson Cooper to host Mole again — he was great on that show!

      • Jif

        Heather I love you for making that comment. I agree that The Mole and Anderson Cooper should be back on TV. Greatest. Reality show. Ever!

    • Lady Pirate

      I ditto that. AC is the best guest co-host. Close second would be Jeff Probst.

    • jj

      yes i was just going to say that i love me some andy

  • Peter

    Good. Maybe now Kelly can have co-hosts on with her who actually know something about the guests they’re talking to. How Regis can still be so popular with his general overall ignorance is beyond me.

  • Sandy

    Kelly annoys the heck out of me too! If the post from Michael Moore is the REAL Michael Moore, I’d vote for him just to make the show interesting!

    • miamore

      If Kelly annoys you and you think Michael Moore would make it interesting, you should not be watching this show. Find something else to watch and leave those of us who love Regis and Kelly–just be.

      • miamore

        Oh, and Regis, please take care of yourself and get well soon!

  • Marc

    Hopefully this leave of absence will turn into permanent retirement. He is the worst thing about the show. Time to go. Permanent replacement should be Jay Mohr. The chemistry he and kelly have is phenomanal. :)

    • jtj

      agree. jay mohr…. the best chemistry ive witnessed between kelly and anyone. i want to see them again together.

  • SV

    Holy crap, Regis is 78 years old?!?!?!

  • milessilverberg

    Between his heart surgery and his rickets, Letterman owes him one. He should do at least one or two shows.

    Anderson Cooper can do the rest.

    • Coyote

      Re Letterman: Your lips to God’s ear!

  • Jed

    Good to get him off the air for a while, but to have to contend with that airhead Rippa? Good luck to that person.

  • Jess

    Letterman with Ripa would be awesome. Don’t see it happening, though. I think Jeff Probst is the best fill-in, although Bryant Gumbel (I can’t believe I’m saying this) did very well when he filled in a few years back.

    • Zach

      Who wants Letterman? Especially that early in the morning?

      • Letterman Yes/Gumbel Hell No

        Letterman had a great morning show when he first started, he does owe regis big time, but I disagree on bryant gumbel, man that guy’s personality is like a dead fish

    • Teresa

      I can’t stand Letterman. I wouldn’t mind AC or NPH even. Mark would be great as well.

  • Jena Pair

    Neil Patrick Harris.

    • Maureen

      YES! :)

      • NPH Rules


    • Teresa

      YES!!! Love him.

    • carol

      Now there is a winner! Between he and Kelly, it would be non-stop laughter. Can just imagine all the adlibbing that would be going on. Great duo.


    How about this? NO Regis, NO Kelly,NO MORE! They BOTH STINK!

  • Dot

    Wish Reg all the best on his surgery. We’ll miss him. He is a TV Icon as is Oprah. Love “Regis and Kelly”. Hurry back. God Bless and quit recovery.

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