Regis Philbin made his return to “Live With Regis and Kelly” this morning after recovering from hip surgery. The popular talk show hobbled onto the stage clad in a bathrobe and assisted by a walker. However, to the theme song of “Rocky,” he quickly shed his bathrobe and threw his walker as he triumphantly faced the audience for the first time since his hip surgery nearly five weeks ago.
Regis Philbin looked more dashing than ever, and had a renewed spark in his step. The popular talk show host who’s been on national TV for more than forty years, talked about the excellent care he received from his doctor and called him, “One of the best.” He explained that while he’s feeling much better, he’s still seeing the physician on a regular basis and taking Coumadin for a blood clot in his calf. Kelly Ripa looked genuinely pleased to have Philbin back, and joked, “You must be ½ metal by now!”
Philbin was feeling so much better that he and his wife Joy spent New Year’s Eve at Donald Trump’s massive Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm beach, Florida. Woody Allen and his wife were other party attendees. Philbin told Ripa that while in Florida, he went to see the movie “Avatar” with his good buddy Donald Trump.
Moving onto other subjects, Philbin said that his two-year-old grandson is no longer called “Mr. Trouble.” He said his new nickname is now “Mr. Terror” because he has entered his terrible two’s. Kelly Ripa shared photos from her vacation: one week in Colorado, followed by a week in the Caribbean.
The two hosts of “Live with Regis and Kelly” quickly settled back into their grove of easy banter. It sure was great to see Regis Philbin back in action, and right where he belongs – on morning TV with a hot cup of coffee and funny stories as only the king of daytime talk can tell.
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