This morning was Regis Philbin‘s last broadcast of “Live! With Regis and Kelly,” and producers made sure it was an emotional affair.
The show was packed with video montages with stars’ memories of Philbin, a speech from cohost Kelly Ripa, and the presentation of the keys to the city by New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. The off-Broadway cast of “Rent” even came on to sing “Seasons of Love,” which really got the waterworks going.
“We’ve had a wonderful show and a great time,” said Philbin to the studio audience at the close of the show. “I’ll always remember spending these mornings with all of you. Thank you very much for these great years together, God bless you all and I hope I see you again real soon. Thanks, everybody.”
A plaque celebrating Regis Philbin’s years on the air will adorn the entrance of the ABC studios in Manhattan, according to People.