How I Got This Way
By Regis Philbin
(It Books, Hardcover, 9780062109750, 336pp.)
Publication Date: November 15, 2011
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Sure, hes an excitable guy.
Sure, he loves to complain.
But Regis Philbin loves life . . . and with the wildly unpredictable one hes led so far, who wouldnt? After five decades in show businessand nearly 17,000 unforgettable hours on televisionhe has a lifetimes worth of stories to share.
In this entertaining memoir, the irrepressible Reegeconsummate talk-show host, man-about-town, loving husband, father, and yes, obsessive sports fanlooks back at his years in show business. How I Got This Way is filled with stories of lessons learnedand elbows rubbedwith extraordinary, and often unsuspecting, teachers: David Letterman; Donald Trump; George Clooney; Howard Stern; Jack Nicholson; legendary Notre Dame coaches Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, and Lou Holtz; and, of course, longtime cohosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Pippa Ripa; as well as his own lovely wife, Joyto name just a few.
Whether hes revealing what really drove him bonkers on the set of Seinfeld, how he survived the first known bomb scare on live TV, what Jack Nicholson said about his beautiful leading ladies during their guys night out together, or poignant memories of his last moments with his idol and dear friend, Jack Paar, Regis packs every page with his signature heart, wit, dynamic energy, and gratitude for everything life has brought him.
Regis Philbin has been entertaining television audiences for more than fifty years, in daytime reigning as a beloved morning-show host, in nighttime as an Über game-show host, and also as a fixture on national and local late-night shows. He is most widely known for Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee and its subsequent incarnation Live! With Regis and Kelly; Who Wants to Be a Millionaire; Million Dollar Password; and the first season of Americas Got Talent. Regis is the proud recipient of five Emmy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a Broadcasting & Cable Lifetime Achievement Award, the Walter Camp Distinguished American Award at Yale University, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2006 Regis was inducted into both the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Television Academys Hall of Fame. Regis lives in New York and Connecticut with his lovely wife, Joy.
On Friday, Regis Philbin will step down from his hosting duties on the talk show Live with Regis and Kelly. But that doesn't mean he's retiring. In his new memoir, How I Got This Way, Philbin chronicles the twists and turns of his career and explains where he plans to go next. More at NPR.org
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