ABC: Regis Philbin
Regis Philbin (Talk Show Host): ABC Broadcasting
After holding the Guinness World Record title for most hours spent in front of a TV camera (16,780 to be exact), the long time Live! with Regis and Kelly talk show host signed off on November 18, 2011. For over 28 years American started their day with “Reege” and let him into their homes with his easily excitable yet warm personality. After working his way up the ranks as an NBC page for The Tonight Show in the 1950s, and hosting many other programs including Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and America’s Got Talent, Regis insists that he is not retiring, just moving on to his next project. It will be very hard to replace Regis’s seat as the “Big Daddy” of television and maintain ABC’s average 3.4 Million viewers per day. Whatever the 80 year old’s next venture, it is the end of an era for morning talk shows.