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Regis Philbin

Quit Over Pay Cut

1/22/2011 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Regis Philbin quit his show after execs told his agent they would cut his salary when his current contract expired ... sources tell TMZ. 

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Sources connected with the show tell TMZ ... Regis' agent, Jim Griffin, was talking with execs from the ABC station group about a new contract for Regis when his current deal expired.  We're told the honchos made it clear ... Regis would be getting a pay cut, partly because the show is not performing as well as in the past ... and partly because he takes a lot of time off.

Sources say Reeg is currently pulling in between $18 and $20 million a year.

Regis, we're told, was angry at the offer and that was the trigger for his announcement this week that he's leaving the show.

TMZ first reported ... Regis told Kelly Ripa about his decision 15 minutes before they went on the air.  Initially we were told she was stunned but not angry.  Now we've learned she was furious -- partly because, as one source says, "She felt it showed a total lack of respect for her."

We're told the entire production team is angry at Regis because they feel he hurt the show by blindsiding everyone.

As for Regis' agent, Jim Griffin, Reeg fired him.  We're told Regis feels Griffin did not negotiate the upcoming deal effectively.

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31.

Preserve the Tiger    

Regis has an ego bigger than the planet. With all of the people who are unemployed in the USA; with people wondering where they're going to get the money to pay their rent/mortgage, buy food, buy gas to get to work if they're lucky enough to have a job, etc., etc., etc., and that selfish SOB is worried about having to take a pay cut when he makes $18 - $20 million per year ....

Matthew 19:24: “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

Do you sew, Regis? If not, I suggest you get yourself a needle and think long and hard about your addiction to money!

1347 days ago
32.

ali    

Wow 18 million a year isn't enough for him!!! What a jackass! Greed!!!

1347 days ago
33.

reallyirked    

For the person who said Regis has an ego the size of a freight train - duh!!! Have you ever heard him speak. He talks in the third person. He takes sooooo much time off. I cannot believe he was paid 18 million a year still.Most people in Hollywood are narcisistic and he along with Kelly are that to the 10th degree. I thinks it's funny Kelly was angry. I watch the show for the first 20 minute banter then always shut it off. I guess I don't need to watch anymore. I hated when Regis wasn't on even though he was, is and always will be about himself.

1347 days ago
34.

tony    

lets see him take a pay cut us regular people have to deal with.
and now all the staffers jobs are in jeopardy because a multi millionaires ego got hurt.

1347 days ago
35.

Rafael    

Of course he doesn't respect her or the crew!! Have you seen the show!?! They don't respect each other!! He treats her like an idiot, and she treats him like he has a learning disability! Which, I'll admit isn't that far from the truth.. I never understood why anyone would watch this show. They should have cut his pay years ago.

1347 days ago
36.

Dan    

According to the internet, he is worth $70M. Seems low for someone earning $18M on the show plus all the stand up gigs and commercials. If TMZs story is not true (yeh there's a stretch) then enjoy your retirement Reege. If it is true then good riddance to you and your overblown ego

1347 days ago
37.

Denis    

Regis is a class act and has been so for more than four decades. However, lately it has been very evident that he has lost a step or two and it's a good time to bow out. The skinny little opportunist who sits by him couldn't wait for this day to come so she could have more of what she perceives as hip co-hosts. Problem is no one of her generation would ever understand the meaning of class and of a pro.
She should retire alongside Regis and bow out gracefully. She's got enough money to support her brood for life. She can hook up with GMA or some other AM outfit for cameos or special assignments. Besides she needs to spend more time at home to try and save that sinking ship she calls a marriage. She's so naive to think that her "husband" is not kneeling in front of other men.

1347 days ago
38.

gail    

wow, talk about greed. kelly should have the whole show and just have diffent people co-hosting with her.

1347 days ago
39.

BiancaB    

Regis NEEDS to retire. Some of his recent interviews (look @ his interview with Robert DeNiro) have been embarrasing!

He does not do his homework, he needs to go!

Thank you for all the great years, enjoy your family and friends!

Kelly will do GREAT with whomever replaces Regis!

1347 days ago
40.

Tori_B.    

Regis is a greedy OLD man. You know he's stilling on the money he made from WWTBAM.

Kelly is a bad-ass and very funny. Too thin but funny.

The show will do better with Regis anyway.

So long, paw paw.

1347 days ago
41.

djdeej94    

Regis sounds like a giant selfish arrogant A-HOLE if this is how he treats his staff and Kelly, and he didn't get what he wanted so he fires his manager too? GROW UP & MAN UP and show some class Regis. We thought you had some....

1347 days ago
42.

cloe    

that's crazy money for a morning show. wow.

1347 days ago
43.

stumpy    

I wouldn't blame him one bit
if i were his age working somewhere
and my bosses told me they were cutting my pay id retire too
its obvious that the execs were hoping for him to quietly
go away so they wouldn't have to pay his huge salary
and he agreed and did just that.

1347 days ago
44.

Chris    

Hey Regis take a cut in pay just like most of america has done !!

1347 days ago
45.

Truth    

HONESTLY THIS SHOW SUCKED SINCE KATHY LEE LEFT. KELLY HAS BEEN REGIS' BITCH FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. THE SHOW SUCKS AND REGIS SUFFERS FORM ALZHEIMERS ALREADY. KEEPS GETTING SHIET WRONG AND DETAILS MIXED UP. THE SHOW IS IN A TIME WARP, THE IDIOTS HAVE NOT LEFT THE 70'S SINCE 1980 ALREADY. CANCEL THIS LAME ASS PROGRAM. REGIS, TAKE KELLY WITH YA!

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