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Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa appear in a promotional photo for LIVE! With Regis and Kelly. - Provided courtesy of ABC

Regis Philbin TV special to be developed by Kelly Ripa

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04/11/2011 by Corinne Heller

Kelly Ripa is developing a television special about Regis Philbin, who is set to leave their talk show "LIVE! with Regis & Kelly" in November.

The project, helmed by her and husband Mark Consuelos' production company, will showcase highlights from the life and career of Philbin, who is 79 and has hosted the ABC daytime program in its various formats for some 25 years, the Hollywood Reporter said.

An air date has not been announced and it is unclear what network will carry the special, which the Hollywood Reporter said would likely air during primetime.

Ripa retweeted a message linking to the report on her new Twitter page, which was launched in Friday, April 8.

Two days later, on Sunday, April 10, the New York Post said Philbin was in talks with studios to develop a new talk show that contained more news coverage.

Philbin has not commented publicly on the report but Entertainment Weekly quoted Philbin's rep as saying the rumors were "untrue."

Philbin announced in January that he would leave "LIVE! with Regis & Kelly." Disney-ABC Television Group had said at the time that it would soon name a new person to replace him on the program, which has seen three different co-hosts.

Philbin took time off from "LIVE! with Regis & Kelly" last year to have a blood clot removed from his leg. He also had hip replacement surgery in December 2010 and triple heart bypass surgery in 2007.

Philbin began his television career in Los Angeles, working for KABC Television, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company. He moved to New York in 1983 and co-hosted "The Morning Show" with Cyndy Garvey on local station WABC Television. Garvey was replaced by Kathie Lee Gifford in 1985 and the show became nationally syndicated in 1988.

Gifford left the series in 2000 and Philbin co-hosted it with guests until Kelly Ripa joined the program full-time in 2001.

Philbin, a three-time Emmy Award winner who once hosted the ABC game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.

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