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TALK SHOW HOST REGIS PHILBIN HOSPITALIZED

 BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Regis Philbin, host of popular morning talk show "Live with Regis & Kathie Lee," was hospitalized over the weekend with chest pains. Doctors discovered a blocked artery and performed an angioplasty to relieve the blockage.
 This morning Philbin phoned the "Live" studio during the show to speak with co-host Kathie Lee Gifford and her husband Frank, who was filling in during Philbin's absence. Philbin explained, "I had chest pains and I didn't want to tell anybody. I went to the ship's infirmary (Philbin had been filming a commercial aboard a ship) and they thought it best that I go to the hospital and have it checked out. So, I went to a hospital in Miami and ran through some tests and they determined that I had a blocked artery. They gave me an angioplasty, which is that little balloon that opens up the blockage, and now I'm feeling great."
 Ever the joker with his co-host, he added, "I wasn't sure if it was heart problem or an inguinal hernia problem or a Kathie Lee problem. I didn't have a heart attack though, I want to make that clear. I had a warning, and believe me, I'm going to be an animal about this (being health-conscious) now."
 Philbin is being released from the hospital and returning to New York today. He will return to "Live" on Monday.
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