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Regis' "Retiring" Because He Got A Pay Cut!

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Wowza! Where's the loyalty…on both sides?!

Sources connected with the show say the Regis Philbin decision to walk away from his longtime morning show is not because he is ready for a change - its because they tried to cut his salary!

Jim Griffin, Regis' agent, reportedly was in deep talks with ABC execs for awhile before Regis made his retirement announcement. His current deal was about to expire and the execs made it clear that times were tough, the show wasn't doing as well as it had in the past and Regis takes a lot of time off, so a pay cut was necessary.

Regis was furious as he felt he deserved to continue ranking in $18 and $20 million a year for the gig. But the network stayed firm on the matter, insisting the cut needed to happen. So, Regis took matters into his own hands.

And it hasn't been without consequences. Seems that not only did Kelly Ripa not know about the announcement until 15 minutes before, but the whole crew who's been with him for 28 years was blindsided as well. No word if the set has become a hostile work environment for him, but we do know Kelly was very angry with him and told one source, "She felt it showed a total lack of respect for her."

Hmm. Wonder if she'll still feel that way when there is all these extra millions of dollars lying around and she's up for a raise? One man's lose is another pair of new Jimmy Choo shoes!

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37 comments to “Regis' "Retiring" Because He Got A Pay Cut!”



  1. 1

    OH POOR REGIS…HIS 50 MILLION DOLLAR FORTUNE WAS CUT BACK A BIT. PEOPLE ARE FUCKIN STARVING IN AMERICA AND THIS PRICK IS COMPLAINING.



  2. 2

    The greed and entitled attitude of the ALREADY RICH never cease to amaze me. If he had any fucking clue what the working class has to deal with then he'd appreciate having EVER made that amount in a year, and not throw a fit because he's not guaranteed that income for life.



  3. 3

    oh PLEASE, REGIS IS TURNING 80 THIS AUGUST! EIGHTY YEARS OLD!!!!! Maybe I am wrong, but, I don't think money is the question here…. I don't think Kelly was that surprised, THEY HAD TO TALK ABOUT IT SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY………. he was slowly down and I am sure his wife was telling him to stow the show.



  4. 4

    Too much money !!!! does the United States president still earns $200.000 dollars a year? Give a chance to the younger kids to make a living. He is almost 80 years old the same like Barbara Walters, Larry King. Too greedy???

  5. luvu2 says – reply to this


    5

    I love Regis but, I agree that he took a lot of time off. It was time for him to make a decision, either put in the work and do the show, or step down in favor of someone else. can't always have your cake and eat it too.



  6. 6

    Ripa should CHOKE on her own vomit!



  7. 7

    If it really is a question of money, Regis is a piece of shit. Everyone in the US is lucky to have a job and some taking pay cuts that make much less. Quit your whining!! I hope he doesn't get another job and goes broke in the year, then he'll take any job he could get.

  8. GIO says – reply to this


    8

    Seriously? If that's the reason then it's lame. Kelly should have known what was happening. They are a "team".



  9. 9

    At some point, isn't enough enough? What difference does $2 million make when you already have more money than God and you're a couple years away from death anyway. People never cease to amaze me.



  10. 10

    Live! with Ben Affleck.



  11. 11

    Regis is a spoiled rotten old man…Buh Bye don't let the door hit ya!



  12. 12

    Not all dinosaurs are extinct.



  13. 13

    damn, 18-20 million is wayyyy toooo much for an old fart who is totally out of touch and cant remember whats up, down, left or right. hes pathetic.



  14. 14

    I don't believe any of this.



  15. 15

    See ya later old man. I think the executives cut his pay cause they wanted him to quit. They didn't want to be the one to fire an old man with signs of dementia. He definitely has been losing his memory and lots of huh, what's his name again moments. They knew he would walk away saying I am worth more money then that(which he clearly is not) He was constantly out vacationing with the his Trumpster so in turn leaves ABC having to pay co-host fees for his not being there. Go retire old man and let's get a young buck in there to spice things up with Kelly. Even someone in their 50's would be better than you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  16. 16

    IT'S ALL ABOUT ARROGANCE AND SELF ENTITLEMENT. LOOK, THE OLD DOUCHE HAS MADE GOOD MONEY. NO DOUBT HE HAS SAVED CLOSE TO OR MORE THAN A 100 MIL OVER HIS CAREER. WHY DOES HE NEED MORE AT 80 FREAKIN YRS OLD?? HE COULD DEAD WITHIN A YEAR AND THEN ALL THAT CASH GOES TO JOY AND THE KIDS ANYWAY. HE HAS LITTLE EXPENSES. HE AND JOY DONT SPEND MUCH THAN THE 2-3 VACATIONS A YEAR. HE DOESNT OWE HUGE MORTGAGE OR ENTOURAGE OR ANYTHING. SO REALLY WHAT'S THE FUCKING POINT?? GOING FROM 18-20 MIL DOWN TO SAY 12-13 MIL AINT GONNA PUT HIM IN THE POOR HOUSE. GEEEEZ. STUPID ASS IS SUFFERING FROM DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMERS SINCE 2 YRS AGO. THAT'S WORTH A 90% PAY CUT CUZ U CANT DO UR FUCKING JOB PROPERLY ANYMORE. RETIRE U OLD FART. LIFE MOVES ON…. NEXT!



  17. 17

    He's in a post-mid-life crisis and is going nuts. I would bet anything that his marriage sucks.



  18. 18

    First of all, this is just speculation. Second of all, Regis was the core of that show. He did all the interviewing, did all the great story telling, - while Kelly Kelly sipped on her coffee and made faces into the camera. I mean has she ever even ONCE talk about anything remotely intelligent. Her obsession with herself is beyond disturbing. As far as not telling Kelly, obviously Regis knew he could NOT trust her because he has confided in her in the past, only for her to open her big bucked-tooth mouth and ruin everything (watch previous shows, if you don't know what I'm talking about). Regis told his doorman before he told his co-host…what does that tell you?



  19. 19

    I'll take that damn job and they can cut the amount in-half…..sheesh some people.



  20. 20

    That's the way the wind is blowing now…"OLD" is out cuz the baby boomers aren't the biggest spenders and buyers of new products anymore. It's the younger folks that watch "Twilight" and buy the CDs that count now! Look what happened to Mary Hart of ET! "Money talks, old farts walk!" All the old singers are passe' and it's all about youth and looking young and plastic surgery. This is the generation that will be known for DIS-respecting their elders and making it a sin to age. Watch out David Letterman….the clock on the wall is ticking!



  21. 21

    I think that part of this decision was based on performance. Regis has a hard time remembering names, getting movie titles correct, and takes an extreme amount of time off. Kelly has mentioned numerous times the amount of time Regis gets off compared to her. I think the show needs to be revamped I think Gelman needs to go as well. The props, contests, and such are lame. Kelly Ripa still maintains, although with her significant weight loss, she looks a great deal older. I mostly enjoy the show when Mark is co hosting with Kelly. It is fun, they play off one another well. Revamp the show, let Regis go, change the set, seating, and get with the times.



  22. 22

    They should have paid him….REGIS IS THE SHOW!!!! What next?? Kelly and her husband blabbing about their marriage and kids? Who cares? No one.



  23. 23

    He did his time and now it's time for him to go. He snorts, forgets things, takes alot of time off. He's older and it shows. Kelley is going to be upset cuz her money cow might be coming to an end. Her husband doesn't work and she is the bread winner so if the show ends well so does her paycheck. She sure wasn't worth the millions that she is paid every year either. Another untalented overpaid skinny bitch. And that is ugly skinny. Her arms are gross.



  24. 24

    If u did ur research a little better before blogging u would have known that the people closest to Regis knew about his decision weeks before. He even spoke with Kathy Lee about it. Maybe Kelly didn't know when his announcement would come but she did know what it would be about. This has been on his mind for the past year. Your welcome Perez



  25. 25

    Perez, this rumor sounds pretty suspicious given the fact that Kathy Lee was told by Regis a year ago, while having lunch with him, that he was in his last year and was going to leave the show after that.



  26. 26

    Not that it would actually happen, but bring Anderson Cooper on as Kelly's new co-host!

    He's guest hosted plenty of times before and the two of them work great off each other.

    Plus, he's astoundingly watchable (esp when not being so serious) and has a great, easy way about him.



  27. 27

    @GERONOMOFALLS I love the idea of Mark joining Kelly. They bicker a lot and its fun to watch. She always says he wears the pants at home. She says she loves it. It would be fun to see the roll reversal.



  28. 28

    Greedy serial butt kisser.



  29. 29

    Good Riddens Reeg. You're too old anyway. They need someone who's young, hip, and fresh who understands todays lifestyle. The show is much better when someone else is filling in for him.



  30. 30

    Regis hates the cold weather in NYC in the winter time. He and Joy want to go to CA when the feel like it to see their grandchildren. Regis loves to be in Florida with Trump during the winter. He does not need to work. He has MILLIONS. He could not tell Kelly in advance as she is good friends with Michael Gilmann and she would have told him. Regis was kind not to include her until the last minute. Regis made Kelly Ripa and Kathie Lee Gifford millionares. He does not owe Kelly and explanation.



  31. 31

    just like anyone, when you have a certain lifestyle.. its hard to go back.. but i am surprise it is coming from him.. usually its girls (most females can't go back financially) I am one of them and I will admit it.



  32. 32

    Anoth IRISH-Catholic keeping his world - like the good old days of the Kennedy's.



  33. 33

    Re: remi75 – actually kelly has had to work extra hard trying to cover up regis mistakes due to being so out of touch and losing his memory. his interviews are a nightmare. he asks the dumbest questions because he still thinks its 1955. i will agree with one thing in that kelly does talk about herself allot. all in all though kelly has saved the show from regis one too many times.



  34. 34

    The comments about Regis' memory are silly!! He's been doing that since DAY ONE. It's his thing! Kelly is an airhead, how many times has Regis turned to her or counted on her to know or recall something, only to hear ummm ummm in response (again watch the shows)! She doesn't know ANYTHING! It's time for Kelly to move on. She's had her time. 10 years is enough!!



  35. 35

    Sometimes job satisfaction is more important than money, it's possible he was just bored with doing the same thing everyday. At least now he's free to do what he wants. Dude deserves some free time!



  36. 36

    This is total bullshit!
    Regis is part owner of the show for one thing.
    Secondly Regis has been talking privately to a few close frineds about retiring for over a year now.



  37. 37

    bullshit perezito regis does not need any more money he's rolling in dough and he is 79 years old HE NEEDS TO SPEND IT!! so he's retiring.