Regis Philbin Quit Over Money

Regis Philbin’s retirement announcement last week that blindsided Kelly Ripa may have been more about money than about the icy hand of death slowly leading him to the afterlife.

Rob Shuter of Popeater says Regis, who makes between $18 to $20 million a year as reported by TMZ, was insulted when ABC wanted him to take a paycut during contract negotiations. So he quit and fired his agent on his way out. Why did they want him to take a paycut? Because he’s old and unlovable, of course. The general feeling from ABC is Regis doesn’t hold the star power he once did and he’s finally gone senile if he thinks he can make the same amount on another network.

“Regis was insulted by the offer he got and chose to leave, blaming his agent on his way out,” a television exec tells me. “The problem is the world has changed around this legend. Regis thinks he’s being pushed out for someone they can pay peanuts to. The problem is if he thinks he’s going to get anywhere near that sort of money doing another show he should think again.”

“The writing was on the wall when Regis got sick and the show’s ratings did not decline,” my source says. “When it came time to renegotiate his contract again, the producers knew the show would survive with or without him and offered him way less than the multimillions he had become accustomed to.”

“The show can definitely survive without Regis if they find Kelly the right new co-host,” an ABC exec tells me. “For some time they have been unofficially testing out potential replacements on the show. Neil Patrick Harris, Anderson Cooper and even Kelly’s husband, Mark, have filled in; yet no one was as good as Regis.”

To sum it up, boo-hoo, a multi-million dollar star isn’t happy with his new, much less but probably still multi-million dollar contract. I feel bad for Regis. I know how much it hurts to be told you’re now worth only $8 million a year when you used to be worth $20 million. Wait, no I don’t. F*ck you.

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10 years ago

Regis is the show. I for one will not be watching once he is gone. I bet if you were making 20 million a year you wouldn’t settle for 8 million! Regis is the best and always will be. He only gets funnier!

10 years ago

Its about time! Regis, get your wrinkle ass to a retirement home cause you will always be a washed up, greedy piece of sh!t that has been on the spotlight for way too long and this article proves my point. Youre 15 minutes is up old man haha

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