Regis Philbin Gets a Teary-Eyed Goodbye From ‘Rent’ Cast (VIDEO)

By: Mike Hess / November 18, 2011

It was an emotional day on the set of Live! With Regis & Kelly, as Regis Philbin signed off on his final show that had laughs, song, dance — and yes, tears.

Kelly Ripa did her best to keep her composure as she guided the Regis’ final show through the hour, complete with montages, a visit from Kathie Lee Gifford — who hosted the show for years with Reeg before making her move over to Today. What was the culmination of the show? The cast of Rent belted out their hit tune “Seasons of Love” with a little customization for Regis himself.

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Regis told his fans and viewers:

“I wanted this to be a show where people would feel better about themselves, would look at life in maybe a different way, a funnier way … I think that’s what we’ve accomplished … I’m going out a pretty proud and happy guy.”

While there’s been speculation as to who might replace Regis on the show, no one has officially been named. In the coming weeks, Jerry Seinfeld and others will fill in as replacements until a permanent host is named.