We'll leave it to our friends at Monkey See and other pop culture outlets to get to the true meaning of this breaking news:
"Regis Philbin says he's retiring from his weekday talk show." (Associated Press "alert")
There's nothing about it yet at the website of Live! with Regis and Kelly.
Update at 2:35 p.m. ET: Over at Monkey See, Linda Holmes says Regis' retirement "continues the transformation of daytime TV."
Update at 12:05 p.m. ET. There's now a post on the show's website. It quotes Regis, from today's broadcast, as saying:
"This will be my last year on this show. It's been a long time, it's been 28 years since I've been here. ... There is a time that everything must come to an end . ... We'll have a lot of fun between now and then [when he leaves on a still-to-be-determined date later this year]."
Update at 10:15 a.m. ET: Regis told the show's audience that he'll depart sometime later this year.
Update at 9:20 a.m. ET. In case you need to be brought up to speed about the show's history, here's a snippet from the Regis bio page:
"Currently in its 22nd season in national syndication, LIVE! with Regis and Kelly originated in 1983 when Philbin created The Morning Show for WABC in his native Manhattan. It quickly became the number one show in the market. Kathie Lee Gifford joined him in June 1985, and in September 1988 the program debuted in national syndication and the title was changed to Live with Regis & Kathie Lee. In 2001, Philbin was joined by [Kelly] Ripa, and the program entered a new era as LIVE! with Regis and Kelly."