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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