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VIDEO: Howard Stern Tells Dave Letterman: ABC Fired 'Poor Old Regis'

Feb. 4 2011, Published 11:23 a.m. ET

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Howard Stern isn't one to dance around controversy, and on Thursday's edition of The Late Show with David Letterman, the King of All Media said that ABC execs pushed the retiring Regis Philbin out of his longtime morning spot, instead of giving him the raise he was hoping for.

After a discussion of the late night ratings, Stern, 57, told Letterman, "I’m in your corner, I’m rooting for you – listen, I don’t want the same thing happening to you that happened to Regis."

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Stern said he's neighbors with Philbin, and joked he's stalked him in their building to get the scoop on his recent retirement announcement.

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"He got fired, he went in and asked for more money, and they gave poor old Regis the boot," the Butt Bongo Fiesta star said.

The Private Parts star said "Regis should go on, and take a new show, and compete in that same time period and win! Kick some a--!"

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Philbin, who made the blockbuster announcement January 18, had reportedly fired agent Jim Griffin in the wake of his departure.


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