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Regis Philbin claimed today that it was a contract dispute, not his decision to retire, that forced him to leave Live with Regis & Kelly.
"I'm not calling it quits, you understand. I'm moving on. I'm not retiring. I'm not quitting. I'm moving on,” he said.
The radio hosts, which included DJ Shannon Murphy who co-hosted Live with Philbin earlier this year while Kelly Ripa was out, told him that it was a mistake for ABC to drop him, according to Entertainment Weekly.
“Of course it’s a big mistake, but Regis is moving on,” Philbin responded.
The 80-year-old announced that he would leave the show in January, with his last episode airing on Nov. 18. Philbin co-hosted the show for 28 years, starting with Kathie Lee-Gifford in 1988.
ABC has yet to announce a replacement host. Philbin did have some words of wisdom for anyone who has to fill his shoes, though.
“You don’t know how difficult it is to keep a situation going on a show like that that has no writers, that has no meetings. You just go out there and you do it. I could do that because I’ve done it for 50 years, that’s the way that I like to do it. But that doesn’t mean it’s right for everybody else,” he said.