By Amber Goodhand
Regis Philbin is admitting publicly that “contractual issues” have forced him to leave his longstanding gig on LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, RadarOnline.com has learned.
The 80-year-old talk show veteran first announced in January that he would be leaving the hit ABC show — but didn’t say why — and in September he stated his last day will be November 18.
“That’s a loss on their part because I’ve got to admit, it looks to me like they’re kind of forcing you out and I think it’s a mistake,” radio host Spike responded. “The audience still loves you. Your obviously still ready to work so I don’t know why they wouldn’t want you.
“Of course it’s a big mistake, but Regis is moving on,” Regis said.
“I don’t want anything lined up yet. I want to have a few moments of peace alone before I get involved with somebody else,” Regis said.
As for who will replace his spot next to Kelly Ripa, Regis says they haven’t chosen anyone yet, but his front-runners are her husband, Mark Consuelos and Bravo host Andy Cohen.
“Mark Consuelos, Kelly’s husband?” Mojo asked.
“Sure. Let them go at it,” Regis said.
“How about The Real Housewives guy, Andy Cohen from Bravo?” Mojo asked.
“Oh she loves Andy. Oh my God, they love each other,” Regis responded.
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