Top Quotes by Regis Philbin

By | December 4, 2019

My first job was being a page at ‘The Tonight Show.’ I saw Jack Paar come out one night and sit on the edge of his desk and talk about what he’d done the night before. I thought, ‘I can do that!’ I used to do that on a street corner in the Bronx with all my buddies.

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What’s so wonderful about being 6’3″”. What is this mythical edge tall men have over average and short men?

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I’m involved in the stock market, which is fun and, sometimes, very painful.

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It means a lot in my business and its a wonderful feeling to be recognized for what you have done over a lifetime, but I didn’t go crazy. I still eat my cereal in the morning, have a sandwich in the afternoon, go to bed at night. You know, nothing really different.

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I would do the morning show and then just walk over to the network side of the building here at ABC in New York and sit down and start it up again and introduce the 10 contestants, and then introduce the 10 – the fastest finger question, and pick one of them, put them in the seat before you finally got to asking them the questions.

Regis Philbin

I’m moving on. I should have made that clear when I made the announcement. I guess I wasn’t clear. If people think you’re leaving a show after all these years, you might be retiring. So I understand where they’re coming from, but I should have impressed the fact that I hope I’m just moving on right now.

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I realized there was a difference between a syndicated morning show and prime time. ‘Regis saved the network!’ I used to walk around saying that. I was a big man! I was a giant!

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All through high school and college, my parents would ask me over and over again, ‘What are you going to do with your life? What do you want to be?’ Well, in my heart I wanted to be a singer like Bing, but I worried about the reality of that dream. Did I think for one minute that I had the voice to pull it off? Of course not.

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Is that your final answer? Here in New York garbage men, bus drivers, taxi cab drivers, bus drivers, whoever, you know, people just yell it out to me. So that was a lot of fun.

Regis Philbin

So when I got the chance to do my first talk show, 50 years ago last month, I never had any writers. There was no budget – it was just me and the camera and my friend who was the director. I talked about what I’d done that week.

Regis Philbin

I’ve worked for 55 years. I’m going to take a little time off, to tell you the truth. It’s just that now in the last couple of weeks, Gelman is pouring it on. ‘Farewell to Regis!’ It’s getting embarrassing.

Regis Philbin

I have a thing against reality shows. I think they are so fake. I think they are produced before they begin. I think people know where they’re going, what they’re going to say, what the situation is. These things just don’t happen and you know that.

Regis Philbin

I was a dog man. I love dogs. I had a cat in my later years and fell in love with this little cat, but every kid should have a dog. There’s no doubt about it. We’ve had a lot of fun with them.

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When you’re a co-host, you’ve got to consider what the other person is saying and take the next step and get the laugh or get to the end of the story. You’ve got to make it happen and then move on to the next story.

Regis Philbin

Kathie Lee and I were working together on our ‘Live’ morning show when she started dating Frank. I always loved trying to get her to tell me about her new romance, and it wasn’t long before we were watching them take their vows in front of close friends in Southhampton.

Regis Philbin

I think there’s a little bit of sizzling here. Honestly, I can feel it. The ions are flying back and forth.

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It’s almost seems as though there’s a battle going on between the public and all the fast-food establishments, and, believe me, I think it’s very tasty food.

Regis Philbin

I made it a morning show. We have the coffee cup, we have the morning papers. It’s got that feel to it, that’s what I wanted.

Regis Philbin

Is that your final answer?

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I try to stay in shape, I work out in the gym, take my vitamins every day, and I guess maybe I have some good genes, but lately I’ve been feeling it. You know, after all these years it does catch up with you. But just for now.

Regis Philbin

I guess I’m afraid to retire because I don’t know what I would do. I don’t know what my talent is. So I don’t know. So maybe I’m afraid to stop, but I’ve got to stop.

Regis Philbin

I’ve done the best I can with the morning show. I made it a morning show. We have the coffee cup, you have the morning papers, you know, it’s got that feel to it, that’s what I wanted.

Regis Philbin

I guess people wonder if I’m the same on camera as I am off, and I’m pretty much the same, I really am. But that’s always asked of me.

Regis Philbin

A lot of guys really I get the feeling don’t care whether you like their show or not, you know. I want people to enjoy what I do, and understand what I’m doing is for their enjoyment, it’s all I can ask for.

Regis Philbin

I gotta tell you, right at the top of my list would be taking vitamins. I know that over the years doctors have said they’re ridiculous and all that. But I started taking my vitamins at an early age. And I take them every day. Every bloody day! So I think that’s number one. For whatever reason, I feel active and pretty good at my age.

Regis Philbin

I had my years of struggling. Some of my shows failed miserably, and I was upset by it and it dented my confidence. But I never stopped. I kept going for it.

Regis Philbin

You know, I never knew if I had any talent when I started in this business. My first job was being a page at The Tonight Show. I saw Jack Paar come out one night and sit on the edge of his desk and talk about what he’d done the night before. I thought, ‘I can do that!’ I used to do that on a street corner in the Bronx with all my buddies.

Regis Philbin

I missed so many opportunities along the way to do what I wanted to do because I didn’t have the confidence to tell myself, much less anybody else, ‘Yes, this is the business I wanted to be a part of, and not feeling that I had the talent… and letting it go all the way through Notre Dame and then through two years of Navy service.

Regis Philbin

I knew that the show was coming and they wanted me to have a co-host. And so I asked Mary Hart and she was one of the first. Before that it was Sarah Purcell then Cindy Garvey. Then Mary Hart, then Cindy Garvey again here in New York, then Anne Abernathy and then Kathy Lee, who stayed 15 years. And now Kelly has been there eight.

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When are four women ever happy for another woman getting something they’d love to have? Tell me that.

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As a matter of fact I don’t like politics. I really don’t. I think it’s so jaded now and everybody has to follow the party line.

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Anderson Cooper every night dreams about getting my job permanently really.

Regis Philbin

Regis can do anything these young punks can do. I fit right in there with my Fox people. They want Regis to dance, Regis will dance. They want Regis to lift weights with them, Regis will lift weights with them. Whatever they want!

Regis Philbin

Spontaneity is everything to me, working without a net.

Regis Philbin

Three coaches at Notre Dame made a big difference in my life, not that I played any football when I attended Notre Dame. But Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, and Lou Holtz – they all made a difference to me, and I respected them for their attitudes about life and how they handled loss.

Regis Philbin

I had my years of struggling. Some of my shows failed miserably, and I was upset by it, and it dented my confidence. But I never stopped. I kept going for it. And when I returned to New York from Los Angeles, I mean, it was make it or not – that was my last chance. And what a great chance it was, to make it in my own hometown.

Regis Philbin

I couldn’t deliver a joke if you asked me to. It would have to be live and spontaneous. And that’s what I was able to have in New York, at 9 o’clock in the morning, and people all over the country seemed to respond to it.

Regis Philbin

A great listener – that was my talent!

Regis Philbin

I missed so many opportunities along the way to do what I wanted to do because I didn’t have the confidence to tell myself, much less anybody else, ‘Yes, this is the business I wanted to be a part of’.

Regis Philbin

I never knew if I had any talent when I started in this business.

Regis Philbin

I see Kathie Lee. She’s not angry about anything. She’s having the time of her life, and I really mean that, because I watch her carefully. I wonder, too, how she’s feeling, you know, whether she misses – after all, it was 15 years getting up every morning and coming down and sitting there with me and doing the show together.

Regis Philbin

The Raiders moved from Oakland to Los Angeles, didn’t like it, didn’t get along. Whatever it was, moved back to Oakland.

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The shock I had, from moving from L.A. to New York, you know, whether you live in an apartment, whether you like to or not, it’s cramped, it’s crowded and it needs – guess what – a renovation.

Regis Philbin

I take a week here. Maybe 10 days there. I never took a longer vacation than that.

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It was a thrill for me to work with Pete Fountain.

Regis Philbin

All my life, all I’ve wanted to do was a talk show, and I’ve done it for most of my life. Now to break away from that is kind of a challenge.

Regis Philbin

I had so many local shows before I came back to New York, which is the ideal place to do a national syndicated show. Then I spent five years trying to convince people to give me a shot in the syndication business.

Regis Philbin

We play a lot of tennis, and we work out at the gym three or four times a week. As you get older, you feel those aches and pains, so Advil’s become a friend in the house.

Regis Philbin

Anyone who’s ever driven to Atlantic City knows that Trump’s got a big billboard. For years, you used to see his angry face on it. I said, ‘Trump, that expression is making people afraid to go to the Taj Mahal. Why don’t you give them a big smile.? ‘C’mon in, folks! Spend your money here!’ I think we got that corrected.

Regis Philbin

I like Strahan a lot. I’ve known him for years. He was a Giant here – in many ways. Had a big following with the New York Giants. He’s very funny. He’s got a great sense of humor.

Regis Philbin

I tried to make a distinct point that I wasn’t retiring – that I was moving on.

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I must have been six or seven years old at the time. My family lived on the bottom floor of a two-story house on Cruger Avenue in the Bronx, and every night at 9:30, I sat by my little radio in our kitchen and listened to a half hour of Bing’s records regularly spilling out over WNEW.

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