Regis Philbin – A Class Act
The talk in the news media and indeed on and off main street is the fact that Regis Philbin is leaving “Live with Regis and Kelly.” We know he is 80 only because he said so, but he doesn’t look it or act it. Regis was made for television.
LION KING of TELEVISION
Regis Philbin is undoubtedly the “lion king” of television. I remember the days with Katie Lee Gifford. Those were great days. Then Kelly Rippa came along and just pushed the show over the top. Everybody who is anybody in public circles have been on “Live with Regis and Kelly.” No one, absolutely no one will be able to replace Regis. Just as sitting in a garage does not make you a car, neither does sitting in Regis’ chair makes you Regis. We are glad he is not retiring, but simply moving on.
WHEN TO MOVE ON
Many people do not know when to move on from one assignment to the next. Some people do not know when to move on from one relationship to the next. Doors close for a reason and they open for a reason. It is my belief that Regis lasted this long because he loved what he did and he was good at it. Then he made use of his opportunities.
REGIS DID IT HIS WAY
He did not just do the one hour show, he sang, he emceed, he wrote a book, he engaged in charitable work. He used his gifts and that is why he can walk away from television and still make money in another area. That’s the lesson we ought to learn from Regis Philbin. We cannot say goodbye to you, Regis. We will see you again. We expect to see you somewhere in January 2012. We love you, Regis.