November 08, 2011 12:57pm PT by Philiana Ng
'Live! With Regis and Kelly' Guests Revealed for Regis Philbin's Final Week
Regis Philbin's final week on Live! With Regis and Kelly is approaching and the final guests have been announced.
As the daytime talk show host's final day nears, ABC is pulling out all the stops with Philbin's favorite guests, musical tributes and familiar faces. During Philbin's final week beginning Nov. 14, guests like David Letterman (Nov. 16), Donald Trump (Nov. 15), Don Rickles (Nov. 14), Jimmy Fallon (Nov. 14) and Kathie Lee Gifford (Nov. 17), with whom he co-hosted Live! for numerous years, will be dropping by.
Additionally, every day that week, a special tribute to Philbin will be performed by musicians like Tony Bennett, Bret Michaels and Josh Groban. The show is also planning segments recounting Philbin's best and classic show moments from the past seasons.
On Philbin's final day, Nov. 18, Live! will be an hourlong tribute with special surprises. Also, the longtime host will reflect on his time on the morning program and discuss his future plans. In September, Philbin announced that he would sign off in mid-November. “Friday, Nov. 18 is my last day,” Philbin said at the time. “But don’t worry, the show goes on.”
In January, Philbin announced that he would be leaving as co-host of Live! after 28 years. He first said that he would sign off at the end of the summer, but pushed the date back in order to allow ample time for a special to be produced. While producers look for a new co-host to sit opposite Kelly Ripa, who took over for Gifford in 2001, a variety of guest co-hosts will step in to the show.
Jerry Seinfeld will be the first co-host after Philbin departs.
Live! is executive produced by Michael Gelman and distributed in national syndication by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.