Philbin is most widely known as the host of the New York City-based nationally syndicated talk show Live!
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When Millionaire was honored on GSN's Gameshow Hall of Fame special, Philbin's tenure as the show's host was praised.
Leigh Hampton, then executive producer of the syndicated version, said that he "[knew] when to take rein of it and when to sit back and let the contestant be the contestant," In November 2005, ABC announced that Philbin would host the network's revival of This Is Your Life.
In 1964, Westinghouse Broadcasting picked up Philbin's talk show for national syndication in the late night time slot (replacing Steve Allen).
The show failed to attract many stations and Westinghouse replaced Philbin with Merv Griffin.
In 1957, Regis left his job as assistant news editor to Baxter Ward at KCOP, Los Angeles to make his fortune in New York. His first talk show was The Regis Philbin Show on KOGO-TV (now KGTV) in San Diego.
For budgetary reasons he had no writing staff, so he began each show with what has become his hallmark, the "host chat" segment (influenced by Jack Paar), where he engaged his audience (and later his co-host) in discussions about his life and the day's events.
ABC aired Millionaire as a regular series with frequent episodes, but its viewership slowly declined.
After Millionaire was canceled, it was retooled in 2002 as a syndicated series hosted by Meredith Vieira, which continues today.
It was long believed that Philbin was an only child, but on the February 1, 2007 broadcast of Live with Regis and Kelly, Philbin announced that he did have a brother, Frank M.
Philbin (March 1, 1951 – January 27, 2007), who had died from non-Hodgkin lymphoma several days earlier.
ABC brought back Millionaire in 2004 with Philbin, retitled Who Wants to Be a Super Millionaire, a related series that was aired on a more limited basis.