Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa on set during Regis Philbin's Final Show of "Live! with Regis & Kelly" at the Live with Regis & Kelly Studio on November 18, 2011 in New York New York. (Getty Images)more pics » Kelly Ripa (Getty Images) Regis Philbin
wrapped up his 28 year run with Live! With Regis and Kelly
The 80-year-old was treated to a moving farewell that included appearances by celebrities like Selena Gomez
, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
, former co-host Kathie Lee Gifford
, and the cast of Rent
Co-host Kelly Ripa
got teary-eyed as she bid Philbin adieu with a touching speech:
"For 28 years, millions of viewers have had the great fortune of starting their day with you. For 11 years, I have had the great fortune of starting my day sitting next to you," she said. "You took this soap actress and plopped her behind a desk and made her your partner in crime. My life is forever changed."
"As you go forward, I'm thinking of the people at home who are suffering from cancer… the mother who's been up nursing all night, who watch you and your story makes them feel better," Ripa went on to say. "I look forward to your next steps and hope they fill you with the joy you've filled all of us with all these years."
In the final moments of the show, Regis thanked his fans for their support and reflected on his time on Live!
, saying, "I guess it was fate that it happened this way. I'll never be able to answer all the letters and messages that have poured in but I'll always remember spending these mornings with all of you. God bless you all and I hope I see you again real soon."
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