Philbin returns Thurs. with Letterman first guest

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NEW YORK -- When Regis Philbin returns this week to "Live With Regis and Kelly" from heart surgery, not only Kelly Ripa but David Letterman will be there to greet him.

Ripa said on Monday's "Live" that Letterman will be the guest of Thursday's show. The 75-year-old Philbin had triple-bypass heart surgery this year. Ripa had been joined by guest hosts while Philbin was recovering; on Monday, it was Bryant Gumbel.

Letterman has been a guest of "Live" several times, most recently on Nov. 8, 2004. Philbin has appeared on Letterman's CBS show "Late Show With David Letterman" many times and guest-hosted when Letterman had heart-bypass surgery seven years ago.
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