This morning, Regis Philbin bowed out of "Live" after twenty-eight years. While he's long been parodied, to me, Regis's best quality is how natural he seems in front of people. Though he admits to embellishing the slices of life he shared each day, I had no sense he was doing so.
As well as he can play a crowd, that's how stilted he seems in the handful of scripted roles he's had, as if he might jump out of character any second.
I'd wager several factors contributed to his leaving "Live". Considering those, I'm glad he was able to leave on his own terms, and that I was able to say goodbye.