Regis Philbin is leaving the airwaves this summer after a record-breaking run. Everybody’s favorite curmudgeon announced the news on Tuesday’s installment of “Live with Regis & Kelly.” While Philbin is in the Guinness Book of World Records for appearing on more hours of American television than anyone else, he also holds a more dubious record. None of the various editions of “Live” he has hosted over the decades has won the top program prize at the Daytime Emmy Awards.
This losing streak so irritated Philbin that he started snubbing the kudos. That meant he was not in the audience when he won two Emmys in 2001 — Best Talk Show Host for going solo on “Live” after Kathie Lee Gifford left the show and Best Game Show Host for the phenomenal hit “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” He accepted from the stage of an Atlantic City casino where he was performing his nightclub act with perennial Emmy also-ran Susan Lucci (“All My Children”).
Philbin won a third Emmy in 2007, along with Kelly Ripa, but not in the Best Talk Show Host race. That was the one year they did not contend there since Ripa joined “Live” in 2001. Rather, they won an area award for hosting the “Walt Disney World Christmas Parade.” These area awards can have one, many or no winners. Philbin was not there to pick up his prize.
He did show up at the Daytime Emmys in 2008 to accept a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. And he hosted the most recent edition of the awardsfest on CBS last June.