Regis Philbin has hip replacement surgery

ILE - In this June 11, 2009 file photo, talk show host Regis Philbin arrives for a taping of "The Late Show with David Letterman" in New York.

December 2, 2009 7:24:54 AM PST
Regis Philbin's hip replacement surgery is being called a success.

An e-mail from "Live! With Regis and Kelly" says: "Word from the hospital is that everything went perfectly this morning during Regis' hip replacement surgery, and his doctor said that Regis couldn't be in better shape."

The show says the typical recovery period is four to six weeks, and the 78-year-old Philbin expects to return soon to his syndicated daytime talk show after the first of the year.

No other details were available.

Philbin had triple heart bypass surgery in 2007.