Regis Philbin Returns Six Weeks after Heart Surgery - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Regis Philbin Returns Six Weeks after Heart Surgery

NEW YORK (AP) - Regis Philbin was greeted with a standing ovation today and an audience chanting his name when he returned to "Live With Regis and Kelly" six weeks after triple bypass heart surgery.

Kelly Ripa told him he looked "remarkable," and then asked if he'd gotten a face lift. Philbin said he'd "lost eight pounds" but "aged about 12."

David Letterman was Philbin's first guest, just as Philbin had been Letterman's first guest when he returned from heart surgery. Letterman said after all Philbin had done for him, this was the least he could do.

Then Letterman gave Philbin this advice to stay healthy: "stay away from `The View' cause they're dropping like flies over there."

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