Philbin and presenter Kelly Ripa walked out hand-in-hand for the final time on Friday (18Nov11) and they were met with a standing ovation from a star-studded crowd which had gathered to bid the 80 year old farewell.
The programme capped off months of heartfelt celebrity tributes to the TV host from the likes of Robert DeNiro, Ben Affleck and Michael Douglas, and on Friday, Philbin was presented with a key to the city of New York from Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a choked up Ripa held back tears.
The TV icon began shooting the show, formerly known as Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee, in 1983 with former singer Kathie Lee Gifford and the two delighted viewers until 2000, when Gifford left her post. She was replaced by former All My Children soap star Ripa in 2001.
Funnyman Jerry Seinfeld will join Ripa on Monday (21Nov11) as producers search for a more permanent replacement.