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Regis Philbin's Last Show On 'Live!': 15 Amazing Moments From His Career (VIDEO)

First Posted: 11/18/11 07:54 AM ET   Updated: 11/18/11 07:54 AM ET

On Friday, Regis Philbin will celebrate his last day hosting "Live!" after spending over fifty years in show business.

The venerable host said he's not retiring, but saying good-bye after nearly three decades isn't easy. Over the course of his long career, Philbin has won viewers over just being himself, telling stories about everyday life and wielding his sharp humor.

He worked his way up from his first gig as a page at "The Tonight Show," made it onto the national stage as Joey Bishop's sidekick, and found his sweet spot on "Live!" In between, he made a workout video, released a few albums, appeared on "Seinfeld," hosted "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" and logged a record-setting 16,700 hours on television.

In the past few weeks, he's spent some time reflecting on it all -- and boy, is there a lot to think about.

We scoured the entire Internet (OK: maybe just YouTube) to find some of the most randomly amazing moments from Philbin's incredibly varied career. Whether he's being inappropriate with Nicki Minaj, chatting with Johnny Carson, or advertising crackers, Regis has always filled us with joy. Below, see 15 examples of just how great he is.

Regis Phibin Talks About His New Show on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" -- 1981
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Regis Philbin talked about his new morning show on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1981. This was before Regis' long reign, back when the world was unsure of how the show would do. He even called Johnny Carson "the king" for his nineteen years hosting "The Tonight Show."
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