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"I don’t want to alarm anybody," he started. "But, this will be my last year on the show."
The New York native added, "It’s been an enormous thrill to come back here to New York, and have that New York show for five years, and then go on to a syndicated situation. And all the fun we’ve had, and all the great co-hosts."
He added jokingly, "Everything must come to an end for certain people on camera, especially certain old people."
Philbin's bubbly co-host teared up at the announcement. "I think I can only speak for America, and all of us here, when I say it has been a pleasure and a privilege and a dream come true (working with you)," Ripa said. "And I wish I could do something to change your mind."
Watch Philbin’s announcement below, courtesy of PopEater.
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