The New York Yankees have invited television icon and “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” host Regis Philbin to be honored with the ceremonial first pitch on Monday, September 19, 2011, prior to the 1:05 p.m. game vs. the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees are honoring the Emmy-winning New Yorker in recognition of his nearly three decades as host of LIVE, which originated in 1983 as a local New York program. Twenty-nine seasons later, LIVE is one of the most successful shows in daytime television history. The honor comes as Philbin prepares to leave the program, with his last day on air scheduled for November 18, 2011.
A native of the Bronx, Philbin is a lifetime Yankees fan who grew up in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. Fans of LIVE have known well his highs and lows, triumphs and tribulations as he has lived through every game of every season of his beloved Bronx Bombers.
This morning, “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” co-host Regis Philbin announced that his last day on the program will be Friday, November 18, 2011.
Philbin made the announcement live on the air during today’s “Host Chat” segment. Philbin and co-host Kelly Ripa kicked off the home stretch of their partnership this week, the final months before Philbin leaves the top morning show. LIVE is marking the departure of the Emmy-winning host with the “Regis Farewell Celebration Season,” a heartfelt, not-to-be-missed commemoration of Philbin’s years on LIVE.
Philbin took LIVE from its early days as a local New York City program to its present-day status as one of the most successful talk shows ever in daytime television. The “Regis Farewell Celebration Season” will be a fitting tribute to the iconic co-host who has helmed the program from the very beginning. Throughout the fall, LIVE will showcase Philbin’s top moments, classic memories many viewers will remember and the most entertaining highlights from the past 28 seasons of LIVE.
Favorite guests will return for one last sit down with the one-of-a-kind team of Philbin and Ripa, sharing their personal recollections of years of visits to the show. In addition, dozens of celebrities have chimed in to send special messages and remember the times they’ve shared on LIVE with the indefatigable host.
“LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” is executive produced by Michael Gelman, and is distributed in national syndication 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 U.S.
LIVE! with Regis and Kelly has announced its annual Beautiful Baby Search contest. Teaming up with Gerber, ten semi-finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges to appear on the show on or about the week of March 1, 2010. From there, one grand prize winner will receive $125,000 to be applied towards a college education and the cover of a future Parenting magazine issue. Four runners up will each receive $25,000 to be applied towards college and all ten semi-finalists will each recieve a year’s worth of Gerber’s Start Healthy, Stay Healthy food vouchers including a personalized nutrition plan.
Entries must be received by 5 pm ET on January 29, 2010 and may be submitted either online or via mail. Children being entered must be aged between 5 and 48 months as of January 5.
For complete details and to enter, visit LIVEBEAUTIFULBABY.COM
All next week, Live with Regis and Kelly will feature a Broadway musical each day. First up will be the cast of Mary Poppins which promises to have Kelly Ripa donning the nanny’s wardrobe and learning how to fly.