NATAS to Honor Philbin

Mar 10, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Regis Philbin will receive a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the organization’s 35th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The awards ceremony will be held June 20 at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater and broadcast live on ABC.
NATAS cited the “Live With Regis and Kelly” co-host’s more than 40 years of achievement in broadcasting.
Mr. Philbin has received three Emmy honors for a career as a television host that includes programs “The Joey Bishop Show,” “Live With Regis and Kathie Lee” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” That’s in addition to numerous wins in various categories.
In 2006, he broke his own existing Guinness World Record for most hours on camera, after accumulating 15,662 hours over the course of his career.
“Regis Philbin has, over a stunning 20-year stretch hosting his ‘Live’ program, perfected the unscripted, spontaneous banter that now has become a staple of the talk show genre. Dozens of shows have tried to duplicate it over the years, but no one does it better than Regis,” said NATAS President Peter Price in a statement Monday.


  1. I got to know Regis when we worked together on ABC’s ALMOST ANYTHING GOES…he was funny then, he’s funny and fun now. That show was shot each weekend in yet another rural town in “anywhere America”.
    Monday mornings we would all be catching the first jet back to LA. At the time Regis was hosting AM LOS ANGELES on KABC-7. The then General Manager, John Severino was forever chewing Regis a new tush because he seldom made it back for the 9AM show on Mondays.
    It got to be a running bit at the airports on Mondays…waiting for Regis to make his voiceterous entry, “Well, here’s another Monday for Severino to chew me out!”
    Congrats, Reg and keep it up. TV would not be TV without you!
    Love & kisses, Peter Bright

  2. He’s like a comfortable old pair of shoes…even if he gets cantankerous as can be…I was fortunate to see him double-billed with Susan Lucci at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL, and he was terrific…even his wife Joy got in the act, singing a duet with “Reege.” He truly deserves the recognition from the TV Academy.

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