Who will replace Regis Philbin when he retires from Live with Regis and Kelly?

US broadcaster Regis Philbin has announced that he will be stepping down from Live with Regis and Kelly sometime this year.

The witty media personality, who holds the Guiness World Record for the most time spent in front of a television camera, has decided to call it quits, saying: “There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera – especially certain old people,” he said.

Philbin and co-host Kelly Ripa have been a team since 2001 and the chemistry that the two shared translated to high ratings for the show.

During his time as host of the show, Philbin has had to endure a number of health setbacks. In 2007 he underwent triple bypass surgery and two years later he had a hip replacement procedure. In 2010 he had surgery to remove a blood clot from his calf.

But he refused to let his health get the upper hand.  Speaking of the looming procedure, Philbin said: “Darn it, I don’t want to do it. Nobody wants to do it, I guess. But they tell me. And I had a second opinion, I did all those things [tests for heart disease], and so they’re [the doctors] are all in agreement that it should be the bypass. And so that’s what I’m going to do.” Just a little over a month after the surgery, however,  Philbin returned to the show.  And the blood clot? He was back at work the day after having it removed.

[adsense]While Ripa will continue to host the program, it is not yet known who will replace the 79-year-old, three-time Emmy Award winner.

Possible candidates include Survivor host Jeff Probst, Mark Consuelos — who is Ripa’s husband, actor Neil Patrick Harris, Ryan Seacrest, Bryant Rumbel, NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan and Kathy Griffin.

Who do you think will be filling the TV legend’s shoes?

Other big names to have undergone bypass surgery include Burt Reynolds, Bill Clinton, and Star Jones.

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Kelly Ripa confirms hip fracture

40 Year old television presenter, Kelly Ripa, hobbled onto the set of her show this week aided by crutches.  The somewhat surprised audience must have wondered what was going on until the former dancer explained that she had fractured the femoral neck in her right hip.

“It looks much worse than it is,” she told the concerned onlookers, and Ripa added that she been in pain for a few weeks but brushed it off as no more than a pulled muscle.

After an initial X-ray came back showing no breaks or fractures Ripa joked, “I was just there for the painkillers, let’s face it.”

She added that a gym ban had been imposed on her for up to six weeks, and she is also told that exercise outside the gym was off limits too, which must be a killer for the self-confessed fitness fanatic.

As it happens her doctors have told her she won’t require any correctional surgery for the injury, but rest is of the utmost importance to give it time to heal.

Born October 2nd, 1970, Kelly Maria Ripa is now an American television host who began her TV career as a regular backing dancer on Dance Party USA.  She moved into acting in 1990 when she landed the role of oppressed, world-hating-goth-turned-good, Hayley Vaughan in the soap, All My Children.  She also played Faith Fairfield in Hope & Faith. Both are ABC television broadcasts.

Ripa has been the regular co-host with Regis Philbin on Live with Regis and Kelly since February 2001.

Other celebrity fitness fanatics include Madonna, Josie Gibson, Jane Fonda, Roberta Mancino and Pat Manocchia.

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