Regis Philbin Announces Retirement from 'Live with Regis and Kelly'

Samsung's 8th Annual Four Seasons Of Hope Gala - Inside TV Personality Regis Philbin attends Samsung's 8th Annual Four Seasons Of Hope Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on June 16, 2009 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics » Regis Philbin (Getty Images) After nearly three decade on the air, Regis Philbin is hanging it up, announcing this morning that this season of Live With Regis and Kelly will be his last.

“I don’t want to alarm anybody … but this will be my last year on the show,” said Philbin on the air this morning. “There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera, especially certain old people."

Philbin has hosted the morning show, alongside a variety of co-hosts, for 28 years. The show first aired in 1983 in New York City, and went nationwide in 1988.

Philbin is also recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as holding the most on-air television hours ever, with his record currently standing at around 16,100 hours -- over 660 days of continuous airtime.

There's no word on when exactly Philbin will be stepping down, and if someone will be brought in to replace him.

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