Kathie Lee Talks About Regis’ Last Day on ‘Live!’

This morning, Regis Philbin said goodbye to his “Live! With Regis and Kelly” audience for the last time. Kathie Lee, who hosted the show with Regis for 15-years before she was replaced by Kelly Ripa, was in attendance to watch Regis’ last day on “Live!”

MSNBC reports that Kathie Lee co-hosted “Live!” between from 1985 through 2000. Kathie Lee wasn’t a part of Regis’ final show, but she talked about Regis’ last day and the 15-years she spent with him on “Live!” during “Today.”

Kathie Lee said:

“Regis and I had something so magical for so many years that I left TV thinking I’ve done the best 15 years of television I can personally ever do and that’s why I thought I’d never go back. Until I met Hoda… And I said to the producers, ‘What [Hoda] and I are feeling now in our show is so reminiscent of what Rege and I felt like the first couple years we were together.”

Of course, it wasn’t easy for Kathie Lee to give her thoughts on Regis. Not because she was choked up (which she was) but because she was running from one studio to the next.

Here’s a video of Kathie Lee’s dash after Regis’ final show.

Was Kathie Lee trying to steal some Regis thunder? Regardless, the host admitted that it was probably a dumb idea.

Kathie Lee said:

“Who thought this was going to work? This was the dumbest idea ever.”

Did you watch Regis’ last day on “Live!” What about Kathie Lee on “Today?”