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Regis & Kelly Tribute: Regis and Kelly Through the Years

Jan 23, 2006  •  Post A Comment

1961

“The Regis Philbin Show” premieres in October on KGTV in San Diego. Due to budget constraints, the program has no writers and Mr. Philbin starts each show by improvising a dialogue with the audience about current events and what’s going on in his life. This “host chat” later evolves to become a popular staple on “Live.” “I guess it became a trialogue when co-hosts started joining me later,” Mr. Philbin said in 1999.



1975-1981

Mr. Philbin co-hosts “A.M. Los Angeles” on KABC-TV with Sarah Purcell. The show remains No. 1 in the local ratings until his departure.



1983

Mr. Philbin joins Cyndy Garvey as co-host of “The Morning Show” on WABC-TV in New York. The show’s original 90-minute format is changed to 60 minutes in 1984.



1985

Kathie Lee Gifford joins “The Morning Show.”



1987

Michael Gelman, 26, becomes executive producer of “The Morning Show.” The hosts often joke with Mr. Gelman on camera, making him one of daytime’s more recognizable behind-the-scenes faces.



1988

The show changes its name and “Live With Regis & Kathie Lee” enters national syndication with Buena Vista Television. Mr. Gelman becomes the youngest host of a national talk show.



1990

Kelly Ripa joins the cast of ABC’s hit soap opera “All My Children,” playing Hayley Vaughan.



1991

Mr. Philbin hosts the “Miss America Pageant” for the first time.



1993

Ms. Ripa receives the first of her eight Daytime Emmy Award nominations, including three for “All My Children” and four for her hosting duties on “Live.”



1995

Mr. Philbin publishes his first autobiography, “I’m Only One Man!”



1996

Ms. Ripa wins the first of her three Soap Opera Digest Awards: two for outstanding younger lead actress and one for hottest romance, which she shares with co-star and real-life husband Mark Consuelos.



1999

“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” premieres on ABC, hosted by Mr. Philbin. At its height the show airs four nights a week and provides a prime-time ratings boost for the network. Mr. Philbin’s distinctive dark tie-dark suit wardrobe inspires a short-lived fashion line called “Regis.” Meredith Vieira becomes host of the ongoing syndicated version of “Millionaire” in 2002.

A 90-foot billboard ad for Jockey underwear featuring Ms. Ripa and three other ABC soap stars is unveiled in Times Square.

The New York Independent Film Festival names Ms. Ripa best actress for her role in “The Stand-In.”



2000

Ms. Gifford leaves the show, which is briefly renamed “Live With Regis” while Mr. Philbin appears with a series of guest hosts, including his wife, Joy.

Mr. Philbin’s second autobiography, “Who Wants to Be Me?,” hits the shelves.



2001

After guest-hosting several times, Ms. Ripa becomes a permanent co-host and the show is renamed “Live With Regis and Kelly.”

Mr. Philbin wins Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding talk show host (in a tie with Rosie O’Donnell) and outstanding game show host for “Millionaire.”

Mr. Philbin is honored with a Crystal Apple Award for his contributions to the New York television industry, a TV Guide Award for personality of the year and a Broadcasting & Cable Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms. Ripa is named one of People Magazine’s 25 Most Intriguing People of the Year and one of E! Entertainment’s Top 20 Entertainers.

Mr. Philbin and Ms. Ripa co-host the Walt Disney Christmas Parade for the first time.



2002

Mr. Philbin receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Ms. Ripa ends her run on “All My Children.”

Joan Rivers and “Dharma & Greg” star Thomas Gibson co-host an episode of “Live,” the only time two guest hosts have simultaneously filled the shoes of Mr. Philbin and Ms. Ripa.



2003

Ms. Ripa tells the Associated Press that she’s tired of rumors that she and Mr. Philbin don’t get along. “There are two men in my life I’ve never fought with,” she says. “One is my husband, the other is my co-host.”

Ms. Ripa begins co-starring in the ABC sitcom “Hope & Faith” with Faith Ford. The show is currently in its third season.

Mr. Philbin receives the Walter Camp Distinguished American Award from Yale University.

Ms. Ripa hosts “Saturday Night Live” and plays guest Angelina Jolie in a spoof of “Live With Regis and Kelly.” “SNL’s” recurring “Live With” skits feature Amy Poehler as Ms. Ripa, Darryl Hammond as Mr. Philbin and Chris Kattan as Mr. Gelman.



2004

Mr. Philbin and Ms. Ripa show up as Nos. 41 and 42, respectively, on Entertainment Weekly’s “The Must List.”

Mr. Philbin appears on his 15,188th hour of television, setting the Guinness World Record for most hours on camera. The previous record holder was Hugh Downs.

Mr. Philbin releases his inner crooner with the album “When You’re Smiling.” Produced by Steve Tyrell, the record features a duet of “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” with Mr. Philbin’s wife, Joy.

Mr. Philbin fills in for an ailing Dick Clark as host of ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”



2005

“Live” becomes the first nationally syndicated program to broadcast a full week of shows aboard a cruise ship, Norwegian Cruise Line’s brand-new Pride of America. One lucky viewer wins a family reunion cruise for 20 people.

Mr. Philbin’s sometimes sobriquet “Big Daddy” (courtesy of Ms. Ripa) is chosen by PR.com as the best celebrity nickname.

The National Enquirer publishes a rumor-unfounded-that Mr. Philbin has been fired from “Live” after demanding to be let out of his contract.



2006

Mr. Philbin will host ABC’s revival of “This Is Your Life,” a series of specials produced by Fox Television Studios.

“Live” will enter its 19th season in syndication, airing in more than 200 markets.

TelevisionWeek names Mr. Philbin and Ms. Ripa its Syndication Personalities of the Year.