To Complement Our Current Philbin Cover Story

The Permanent Second Fiddles
In July 1968, when he learned top ABC executives wanted to fire him, the boyish, sensitive Philbin walked off the [Joey] Bishop program during a live performance.  Within days, hundreds of “We want Regis” letters were pouring into the studio.  Bishop persuaded Philbin to return and he is now a fixture on the program.  Philbin was born in New York, grew up in a strict Catholic family and got his first taste of the talk show business when his uncle got him a job as an NBC page on Steve Allen’s “Tonight” show in 1958.  Now, Regis has become  nationally known, has acted in several TV series and has even cut a record album.

Newsweek September 1, 1969

To Complement Our Current Philbin Cover Story

The Permanent Second Fiddles

In July 1968, when he learned top ABC executives wanted to fire him, the boyish, sensitive Philbin walked off the [Joey] Bishop program during a live performance.  Within days, hundreds of “We want Regis” letters were pouring into the studio.  Bishop persuaded Philbin to return and he is now a fixture on the program.  Philbin was born in New York, grew up in a strict Catholic family and got his first taste of the talk show business when his uncle got him a job as an NBC page on Steve Allen’s “Tonight” show in 1958.  Now, Regis has become  nationally known, has acted in several TV series and has even cut a record album.

Newsweek September 1, 1969



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