We all remember the classic show ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’? That great game show where nervous contestants are asked a bunch of (increasingly challenging) questions as they venture towards that infamous 1 Million dollar prize. The players would lock in their answers and the host would say “Is that your final answer?”.
The host of Millionaire (for the longest time at least) was Regis Philbin. Now the only question we have is what happened ever to Philbin? Don’t worry we’ll be your life line for this one.
‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ is nearing its 20th anniversary, and for the occasion ABC just announced that the new eight-episode season will star a few big celebrity contestants that will be playing for the charity of their choice.
Sadly, Philbin will not be making his grand return as host, instead the show will be hosted by late night show host Jimmy Kimmel. We have to wonder if Philbin was even asked, and what the long-time host has been up to all this time.
In his hay day, Philbin was on an absolute rampage with TV show appearances. From hosting ‘Millionaire’ to being a talk show host on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’, Philbin has been around.
Along with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and his induction into the TV Hall of Fame, Philbin holds the Guinness World Record for most hours of appearance on TV.
A few years back, Philbin announced his retirement, and since then, has stayed completely out of the spotlight.
Since his retirement, Philbin has only been in the public eye to advocate for heart disease research.
In an interview, Philbin spoke about his days on TV, “…while there are days I do miss working, it’s been a nice change of pace to focus more on relaxing and spending time with my wife, Joy, our kids and grandkids.”
Philbin and his wife are seen every once in a while around New York, and Los Angeles, where they frequently travel with their daughters and grandchildren.
Along with spending family time, Philbin has been focusing on his own health recently as well. The long-time TV host has been fighting against heart disease for quite some time now, he had his very first angioplasty back in the ’90s, followed by triple bypass surgery in 2007.
While he enjoys retirement, Philbin has been taking a lot of time to make sure that his cholesterol levels are good, along with getting his exercise on. At 88 years old, we’re glad Philbin is still taking care of himself; take notes everyone!