Regis Philbin, 75, returned to the Regis and Kelly Show Thursday morning, like a conquering hero. Regis underwent heart by-pass surgery six weeks ago. He received a rapturous reception from the studio audience; a male audience member held-up a sign that read, 'the King Is Back'. As Regis sat down the studio audience broke into a spontaneous chant of 'Regis, Regis, and Regis.'
He sat back into his co-host seat without missing a beat. He was relaxed and entertaining. The shows first guest and fellow by-pass patient was the reclusive David Letterman from the Late Show on CBS.
Letterman and Regis joked about their surgeries. At one point both entertainers lifted their trouser leg to show their surgical scars. The surgical team that worked on both Letterman and Regis made an appearance on the show. They showed an x-ray of a blocked artery. Letterman joked; "It looks like the BQE," a notoriously congested highway in New York.
Kelly presented Regis with a 'Welcome Back' cake at the end of the show.