Regis Philbin Reveals the 'One Thing I'm Not Going the Miss' About Daytime TV
The outgoing "Live With Regis & Kelly" co-host host also shares the television genre he's thinking about pursuing next and names his one regret.
Regis Philbin is gearing up to leave his co-hosting gig on the syndicated daytime talk show Live With Regis & Kelly in November.
Bu, at least for the moment, he's not as broken up about leaving a show he's called home for 26 years as you might think. The 80-year-old recently admitted that the stress of the program gets to him.
“I worry about the opening segment every day and every night," he told Fox News. "I think about what happened to me that day and wonder how I am going to reveal it tomorrow on the show in a humorous way if I can, so that hangs over your head every day when doing this kind of a show. No writers are involved; we do it all spontaneously, so that’s one thing I’m not going to miss."
But Philbin , who holds the Guinness World Record for most hours on TV, added that he doesn't plan to disappear from television completely, saying he's exploring the idea of reality TV.
“I’ve been listening to a lot of people about a lot of different possibilities, one of them being reality television because it is as hot as it is,” he said. “As a matter of fact, one day I just took a camera out and did a two-minute piece. It wasn’t a pilot like some reports are saying, I just wanted to see what it would be like but I’m not sure if it is for me.”
In fact, Philbin lamented the demise of TV, saying that cable channels and local stations in particular have traded quality in an effort to get bigger ratings.
“It has all been a step down," he said. "The cable shows have no boundaries and they can do whatever they want with it, and the broadcasting stations are beginning to look at that and see how it attracts an audience and are beginning to take that step down too.”
Philbin -- who is writing a book titled How I Got This Way, about the 30 people who have inspired him the most -- said he has only one regret from his decades-spanning career: that he never got to interview Cary Grant.
“Cary Grant was always one who meant a lot to me," he said. "When you left one of the movies he had made you felt just for a minute that you could be Cary Grant. I tried very hard to get him on one of my talk shows, but it didn’t work out."