Regis Philbin Comes through Heart Surgery with "Flying Colors"

NEW YORK (AP) - The word from Kelly Ripa is that her "big man" Regis Philbin has come through his heart bypass surgery "with flying colors."

Ripa announced on "Live With Regis and Kelly" that Philbin had the operation yesterday morning and is already "up, joking around with the nurses" and "harassing people."

Ripa says one of Philbin's doctors says he has "the heart of a 19-year-old."

And Ripa had this message for Philbin: "Nursy-poo is coming with her sponge." Ripa had promised Philbin a sponge bath.

Philbin is expected to be out in five weeks.