Next time you attend a Notre Dame football game, keep your eyes out for a famous TV host!
Regis Philbin may have a legendary career in television, but he is also Notre Dame's biggest cheerleader.
That wasn't hard to see when our Joel Schipper took a trip to the Big Apple recently to go behind the scenes of "Live with Regis and Kelly."
He is one of Notre Dame's most famous alums. And for the past 20 years Regis Philbin has been part of the morning duo on "Live with Regis and Kelly.”
I met up with Regis and Kelly recently in New York City. And you can't talk to Regis without mentioning his passion, Notre Dame football.
“I don't know what happened,” Regis remarked about the past season, “the roof fell in, right? So we won 3 and lost 9, something like that, but I understand the recruiting class is one of the best of all time so I am hoping that salvages something in next season.”
Gaze out into the audience and you can't help but see support for the Irish. Long-time show producer Michael Gelman supports Regis' love for his alma mater. Says Gelman, “It’s been great for Notre Dame and great for Regis. He really loved his years there and he loves going back.”
After our chat, Regis invited me up to his office. I got the very rare opportunity to check out his Notre Dame memorabilia, a priceless collection of gifts and memories.
“It practically becomes part of your life with the pictures there. They are there everyday and those things are important to me and here's all the footballs that came in over the years and the pictures. It’s been great,” said Regis.
And about ND’s legendary sign? “There it is right over there,” he said, “before I face Kelly Ripa I look up there and I say ‘Play like a Champion.’”
It's that champion drive and legendary career that has Regis making history.
Says his co-host, Kelly Ripa, “It’s great working with someone who's in the Guinness book of world records for most time spent on TV. And that is just the time spend on TV. There are actual cave etchings of Regis hosting a talk show,” she jokes.
Even with more than 50 years in television, Kelly says Regis is a man who often flies under the radar, rarely getting the credit he deserves.
“He's here everyday and people count on him. People go 'Oh, it's just Regis’ but without Regis you take a way a sparkle from the entertainment industry that we've all gotten to enjoy.”
In New York City, Joel Schipper, Newscenter 16.
Live with Regis and Kelly airs on WNDU every weekday morning at 9 o’clock.
You can find links to video of both parts of Joel’s "Behind the Scenes with Regis and Kelly" at the bottom of this article, and to see what really went on behind the scenes, visit Joel’s blog on the WNDU homepage.