A Farewell to Regis

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Joan Lunden

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I awakened this morning at 4am and quietly showered and dressed so as not to wake anyone else in the house. As I made my way in to New York city in the dark wee hours of the morning to go to WABC TV to be on Regis Philbin's last show I couldn't help but be reminded of my past life hosting Good Morning America. I would set out each day in the  darkness of the morning (or is it still considered night, I always wondered that.) Did I  really do that routine for two decades?!

Well... Regis has been doing it for even longer!

I hope many of you had the opportunity to watch his final show today. I had the privilege of being invited to be in the audience this morning as Regis filled it with friends and family. He is such a talented and kind guy, a terrific friend and I'm honored to have been a part of this special day.

For many years Regis and I hosted the Walt Disney Christmas and Easter Parades in Orlando and our families spent many wonderful times together. It was wonderful to see his daughters as grown beautiful women there today supporting him and I can't speak highly enough of this genuinely special man.

Hats off to one of the most talented and nicest and hard working people I've ever known, Regis, we'll miss you! 

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Joan lunden and regis philbin christmas parade tv times 1996
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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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