In an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, Regis Philbin — who's turning 85 this summer — admits he misses having his own daily talk show and that he still keeps in touch with Live's producer Michael Gelman.
“Those were wonderful years,” Regis says of his time on the show with Kelly Ripa. “Yes, I miss it. I love my life now, but it’s different. I still have dinner with Michael. It’s always nice to see him. I don’t ask him how things are on the show, though!” he quips.
“Some mornings, I’ll wake up and want to share something interesting or weigh in on some of the day’s big news. Then I realize, I don’t have a [daily] talk show anymore! I gotta learn it’s gone.”
Regis and Kelly in 2004. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
These days, Regis keeps busy as a contributor on the fourth hour of Today (reuniting him with pal Kathie Lee Gifford), touring with Don Rickles and spending time with his grandkids.
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“Grandkids inspire your life,” Regis tells Closer. “They’re amazing. I think I’m pretty good as a grandfather, if you ask me!”
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