Regis Bids Farewell to Live!

Plus: Letterman gives him a Vespa
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2011 9:45 AM CST

(Newser) – It’s Regis Philbin's last day on Live! with Regis and Kelly. He kicked off his farewell last night with a visit to David Letterman’s show (highlights in the gallery) and continued with an hour-long goodbye tribute this morning. Who will Kelly Ripa get to cozy up to next? TV Guide offers up a list of eight possible replacements. A sampling:

  • Mark Consuelos: First of all, he’s Ripa’s husband. He has also already filled in for Regis, and has hosted his own show. But maybe it's too cutesy a pairing?

  • Mario Lopez: The Saved By the Bell star has interviewing experience from Extra, and has also hosted America’s Best Dance Crew. But maybe he's too much like Consuelos (read: dimpled, Latin)?
  • Ralph Macchio: He’s the Karate Kid, but oddly, that’s not the reason TV Guide gives; he has apparently also done well filling in for Regis in the past. Bonus: He already lives in New York.
  • Betty White: Everyone loves her, and she's hilarious. But is she too old?
Click to read the whole list (which includes a BRAVO bigwig), or click to find out who the first guest host will be. Missing Regis already? Check out 15 great video moments from his career. (Read more Regis Philbin stories.)

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