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Regis Philbin Takes 'Flamboyant' Fashion Risk (PHOTO, POLL)

The Huffington Post   Danny Shea First Posted: 10/26/11 10:29 AM ET Updated: 12/26/11 05:12 AM ET

Regis Philbin took what he described as a "flamboyant" fashion risk Tuesday night.

Appearing at the 2011 Alzheimer's Association Rita Hayworth Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, Regis debuted something he's been waiting years to wear.

"I got all dressed up last night," he told Kelly Ripa Wednesday morning. "I had a black jacket that I actually kept in the closet for about three years. I've never worn it, because it's a little flamboyant. It's just two different shades of black stripes and then with a little vest."

Regis said he broke out the two-tone jacket because Bryant Gumbel would be at the dinner.

"The most stylish man ever on the planet," Kelly described Gumbel. "His skin is soft like butter and he smells divine."

But did Regis' duds impress Gumbel?

"I wear the whole thing, and I go and I said, I'll just stand in front of him and let him take a look at me and eat me up," Regis said. "He gave me one of those disdainful Bryant Gumbel looks. Like, why are you even here?"

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Regis Philbin and wife Joy attend the 2011 Alzheimer's Association Rita Hayworth Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

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