To commemorate the anniversary of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, original host Regis Philbin returns for two weeks of new shows starting Aug. 9 on ABC. We asked Philbin to recall his favorite moments from his Millionaire run.
The first $1 million winner
”John Carpenter went through the 14 questions without using a lifeline. For the last one, he chose Phone-a-Friend even though he knew the answer and called his father to tell him he was a millionaire.”
The show’s biggest winner
”After a while, a million dollars became not that exciting, believe it or not, so we escalated the jackpot. Kevin Olmstead won $2.18 million, the most money we’ve ever given out on Millionaire.”
The contestant Regis psyched out
”His name was Dan Doody, and to loosen him up, I said, ‘Dan, who wants to be a millionaire? Doody do!’ He looked at me and lost it all. He got to $1,000, but I felt responsible for poor Doody doing so badly.”