Live With Regis and Kelly

As Regis Philbin said goodbye to daytime television, a record 1.12 million tuned in to watch LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY on CTV Friday, making it the most-watched morning talk show broadcast of all time in Canada.

With an increase of 16% from LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY’s second highest-rated episode, garnered when the show taped in PEI in 2010, Friday’s episode more than doubled its average fall audience (405,000, +178%).

Featuring a tribute from co-host Kelly Ripa and messages from celebrity friends, more than 1.8 million Canadians watched some or all of Regis’ final episode at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Impressively, LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY was the #4 program of the day overall Friday with F18-29 and F25-54, ranking only behind CTV’s prime-time lineup.

The newly titled LIVE! WITH KELLY, which kicked off this morning with guest co-host Jerry Seinfeld, continues weekdays at 9 a.m. ET on CTV. It’s an unofficial “Canadian” week on LIVE!, with guests including Canadians Kim Cattrall (SEX AND THE CITY), Howie Mandel (MOBBED) and Nathan Fillion (CASTLE).


Regis Philbin has delivered a special thank you video message to his fans across Canada, just two days before his final episode on LIVE! (Friday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. ET on CTV).

Leading up to his departure, Canadians continue to show their love by tuning in to Regis’ final moments on the daytime talk series. Kicking off Regis’ final week on Monday, Nov. 14, LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY garnered a season-high audience of 566,000 viewers on CTV.

As one of the longest-running morning show hosts on television and with the Guinness Book of World Records achievement for the most time spent in front of a camera, CTV highlights some of Regis’ top “Canadian” moments:

– As a non-seafood lover, Regis was forced to eat clams and oysters in 2010 while Regis and Kelly were in PEI.

– Regis enjoyed Niagara Falls, Ontario so much that not only did the show tape there on location in 1996, but they went back 10 years later in 2006.

– With a musical background, Regis performed You Made Me Love You, a duet with the Mayor of Mississauga, Ontario Hazel McCallion, while at Casino Rama. Hazel was then flown to NYC to appear on the show and recount their experience.

– Kelly always bugs Regis about his “bro-mances” – and there was one Canadian in particular that Regis always shared a special bond with… Michael Bublé


Below are the descriptions of Regis’ final episodes on LIVE!:


Thursday, Nov. 17

Former LIVE! co-host KATHIE LEE GIFFORD returns for the Regis Farewell Celebration and singer-songwriter JOSH GROBAN performs.


Friday, Nov. 18

This is Regis’ final morning as host of LIVE!. The show is a moving hour-long tribute, with many surprises for Regis and the audience. In addition, Regis will reflect on his tenure with the popular morning program, and share his thoughts as he moves on to new show business adventures.


LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY continues until Friday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. ET on CTV. LIVE! WITH KELLY kicks off on Monday, Nov. 21 with special guest co-host Jerry Seinfeld.

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As Regis Philbin prepares to depart his long-running talk show next Friday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. ET, CTV announced details for his final week as well as an exclusive ETALK interview that debuts tonight.

The staff of LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY have put together a spectacular send-off, with favourite guests, musical tributes and an hour-long final show commemorating Philbin’s nearly three decades on the popular talk show.

As well, ETALK celebrates the send-off as the only Canadian media outlet with access to the “king of morning shows.” Recently Ben Mulroney sat down with Philbin on set in New York City, as well as co-host Kelly Ripa and executive producer Michael Gelman, to give Canadians the exclusive details behind Regis’ final shows.

Part One of the interview airs tonight on ETALK at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and 6 p.m. ET on E! (visit to confirm local broadcast times).

Also just announced, Ripa has signed on for another five years with LIVE! as the morning show begins a new era. LIVE! WITH KELLY will feature guest co-hosts including Jerry Seinfeld (Nov. 21 – 23) until a new co-host is announced.

During his final week, beginning Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. ET on CTV, some of Philbin’s favourite guests and friends are stopping by to share their personal recollections of their visits to the show and to wish him well. Guests include Jimmy Fallon (Nov. 14), Don Rickles (Nov. 14), Donald Trump (Nov. 15), David Letterman (Nov. 16) and former co-host Kathie Lee Gifford (Nov. 17). In addition, every day there will be a special musical tribute featuring singers such as Tony Bennett, Bret Michaels and Josh Groban, and several unexpected musical performances.

On Nov. 18, Philbin’s final LIVE! will be a not-to-be-missed hour-long tribute, a moving show jam-packed with surprises for Philbin and the audience. In addition, Philbin will reflect on his tenure with the popular morning program, and share his thoughts as he moves on to new show business adventures.

There’s nothing better than a good love story, and Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa are on the hunt to find the best of the best.  On today’s “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly,” the hosts announced a new search, “World’s Greatest Love Story.”  

LIVE is looking for the most romantic and touching tales of love and devotion, and viewers can nominate family, friends or even themselves. The selected stories will be featured on “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” the week of February 14, 2011.

To submit a story, viewers must send a letter detailing the couple’s romantic journey and describing why they should be featured on LIVE.  Submissions should include a recent photo of the couple along with the name, address, day and evening phone numbers for the nominator, and the names and phone numbers of those being submitted. The deadline for submissions is 12 noon eastern time on January 21, 2011.  Nominations can be made by mail or online.  Further details are available on “LIVE’s” website,

“LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” is executive produced by Michael Gelman, and is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.  Produced by WABC-TV in New York, “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” airs in more than 200 markets across the country.

Regis Philbin announced today that he will be retiring from the very successful, long-running talk show “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly.”  Philbin made the announcement live on-air this morning during the Host Chat portion of the show. 

As Philbin stated to the viewers this morning, “This will be my last year on this show. It’s been a long time, it’s been 28 years since I’ve been here…There is a time that everything must come to an end…”  Referring to his remaining time on the show he added, “We’ll have a lot of fun between now and then.”

Regis Philbin is a legend in the entertainment industry, a hall of fame broadcaster with more than 50 years in front of the camera.  “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” premiered in national syndication in 1988 as “Live with Regis & Kathie Lee.” The show debuted locally in 1983 on WABC New York as “The Morning Show.”  A three-time Emmy Award winner, Philbin was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.

“It has been my great honor to work with Regis since the Walt Disney Company nationally syndicated ‘LIVE’ in 1988,” said Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television.  “Regis is one of the great, iconic television personalities of our time and we couldn’t have asked for a better friend and partner over the years.  We will all certainly miss having Regis be a part of our day.”

The “LIVE” franchise will continue, and in the coming months Disney-ABC Television Group will name a new co-host to join the talented and captivating Kelly Ripa – who celebrates ten incredible years co-hosting with the show, next month.  

While 2011 will be a year of great change for “LIVE,” it will also be a time of incredible excitement as the show sends Philbin off in style.   In the coming months, “LIVE” will welcome top guests and feature special segments, all part of the countdown to the spectacular farewell celebration for the incomparable Regis Philbin. 

“WABC is proud to be the home of ‘LIVE! with Regis and Kelly,’ and it will be difficult to say goodbye to Regis after 28 years as a member of our family,” commented Dave Davis, president and general manager, WABC. “We will miss him as a colleague and friend.  We’re fortunate, however, to have two real pros who can lead ‘LIVE’ into the future – Kelly Ripa, who has spent the last ten years developing her own amazing voice in daytime talk, and Michael Gelman, who has been with the show since its inception and is one of the best executive producers in daytime television.”

“LIVE” began when Regis Philbin created “The Morning Show” for WABC in his native New York City; it soon became the number one show in the market.  Kathie Lee Gifford joined him in June 1985 and in September 1988, the program debuted in national syndication and the title was changed to “Live with Regis & Kathie Lee.”  The show matched its local success with extraordinary national ratings and established itself as a dominant fixture in national television, a tradition that continued when Ripa joined the show in 2001.

For nearly 25 years, “LIVE” has been an essential stop for the top names in the entertainment industry.  From award-winning actors to the hottest musical acts, the show boasts A-list celebrity guests, top-notch musical performances and one-of-a-kind segments that are unrivaled on daytime television.

Currently in its 23rd season in national syndication, “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” is executive produced by Michael Gelman, and is distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.  Produced by WABC-TV in New York, “LIVE” airs in more than 200 markets across North America.

After a week of voting and nearly 900,000 votes cast in an exceptionally tight race, today Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa announced the five “Men of Radio Co-Host for a Day Search” broadcasters who have been selected to join Ripa as guest co-hosts January 24-28, 2011.








The search was open to male radio broadcasters with regularly scheduled shows of any kind.  After receiving tens of thousands of nominations, LIVE’s producers narrowed the field to the Top 100 and then ten finalists, whose names were announced live on the air on January 10th.  

After a week of online voting, LIVE viewers and radio listeners from across the country cast their votes and selected Bobby, Eric, Fitz, Jeff and Mike.  Their scheduled co-host dates will be announced within the next few days.

Today on LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY it was announced that five women from Toronto were selected to be part of the LIVE’s “Girls Night Out Vegas Getaway”.

The five women will fly to Las Vegas this weekend to tape segments with Kelly Ripa to be broadcast on Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. ET on CTV. LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY airs Monday – Friday at 9 a.m. ET on CTV (visit to confirm local broadcast times).

Toronto’s Misty Tyson wrote to LIVE! describing the recent challenging years she and her friends have had – break-ups, cancer, a miscarriage, loss of loved ones – you name it, they’ve experienced it. But through it all, they’ve been there for each other, providing support, friendship, laughs and fun. 

Back in October, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa announced that one lucky viewer and four of her friends would have the chance to travel to the city with the show, enjoy a night on the town with Kelly and be featured on LIVE! To enter, each viewer was required to send a recent photo of herself with her friends, plus a letter detailing why they should be selected for a “GNO” Vegas-style with Kelly.

Their stories and infectious spirit resonated with the LIVE! producers and out of thousands of entries, Misty and friends were selected for the trip to Las Vegas. Dubbed the “Fab Five” by the LIVE! staff, they’ll fly out for a weekend of pampering, shopping and entertainment, capped off by their night on the town with Kelly.


The five lucky women are:


Misty Tyson, 30,

TV Director

She submitted the group for consideration


Mercedez DiNino DeCastro, 50,

TV Casting Director


Heidi Allen, 40,

Wedding planner and owns a wedding gown store


Jenny Couke-Cosgrove, 35,

TV Producer


Spiria Fearon, 34, married,

Associate TV Producer

As top-rated morning talk show “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” heads north to Canada’s beautiful Prince Edward Island, a diverse and exciting line-up of guests will join them for four shows airing July 12-15, 2010.

“Sex and the City” star JOHN CORBETT, “The Twilight Saga:  Eclipse” actor PETER FACINELLI, “True Blood” lead STEPHEN MOYER and Canada’s own CAROLINE RHEA all will make the trip to “The Gentle Island” to be part of LIVE’s PEI broadcasts.

In addition, married actors LISA RINNA and HARRY HAMLIN, style guru CARSON KRESSLEY and lovely Canadian actress ELISHA CUTHBERT also will chat with the hosts at LIVE’s outdoor stage in Confederation Landing Park.

The guest line-up will include terrific music performances as well, including Grammy Award-winning country artists LADY ANTEBELLUM, chart-topping pop-rock band ONE REPUBLIC and Canadian R&B singer MELANIE FIONA.

Here is LIVE’s day-by-day guest line-up for the Prince Edward Island shows:

Monday, July 12:  Peter Facinelli, Carson Kressley, Lady Antebellum

Tuesday, July 13:  Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Caroline Rhea

Wednesday, July 14:  Stephen Moyer, Melanie Fiona

Thursday, July 15:  John Corbett, Elisha Cuthbert, One Republic

“LIVE” will originate from Confederation Landing Park in historic Charlottetown, capital city of Prince Edward Island.  Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa will transplant LIVE’s own brand of entertainment-oriented talk to the island, with the natural beauty of the province providing a colorful backdrop to the show’s celebrity guests and musical performances.

LIVE’s viewers will be able to join them in experiencing the wide range of activities that PEI has to offer, as they explore the island from end to end, and delve into the region’s history, food and culture.

Prince Edward Island is located on the east coast of Canada. The Island is Canada’s smallest and greenest province. It is a place of natural beauty and is famous for red sand beaches, potatoes, and the irrepressible Anne of Green Gables.

The Government of Prince Edward Island through the Department of Tourism and Culture is responsible to build awareness of the destination and to generate visitation.


Morning talk show favourites Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa are Canada-bound this summer as CTV’s LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY travels to the beautiful province of Prince Edward Island for four shows airing Monday, July 12 to Thursday, July 15 at 9 a.m. ET on CTV (visit to check local listings).

LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY will broadcast from the Confederation Landing Park in historic Charlottetown. Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa will expose viewers to the beautiful landscape of the island and showcase the region’s history, food and culture.

“Prince Edward Island is one of the most unique destinations in Canada, and it’s a great opportunity for us to be able to broadcast from the province,” said Michael Gelman, Executive Producer, LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY. “Charlottetown will provide an extraordinary backdrop for the shows, and we’re really looking forward to showing our viewers the island’s special qualities.”

“Prince Edward Island will have an extraordinary opportunity to build its overall brand when it is featured this summer on one of the most popular talk shows in North America,” said Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz. “This partnership is a strategic initiative to build the brand of Prince Edward Island which encompasses tourism, food and culture. It is an unprecedented opportunity to build awareness of the Island as a travel and culinary destination.”

“The Government of Canada is pleased to partner in this special initiative that will showcase one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces” said the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. “’LIVE! with Regis and Kelly’ will showcase PEI as a tourist destination while highlighting the best the Island has to offer.”