Philbin says he'll return on April 26

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NEW YORK -- Regis Philbin says he'll return to his syndicated daytime talk show April 26, about six weeks after having triple heart bypass surgery.

Philbin called "Live With Regis and Kelly" on Monday to say he'd been "through the wars" in his recovery but was building up strength by walking and lifting light weights.

He joked that when he returns to the show, he won't be the "fun-loving Reej" that he was before his operation because his whole personality had changed.

The last time Philbin, 75, called the show, he complained about not having sex for 3 1/2 months. Co-host Kelly Ripa asked Monday if that had improved. Philbin joked that it was up to "five times a week."

Last month, Philbin told his audience he was getting the operation because "there's some plaque in some arteries and I've got to get it cleaned out."
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