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Television personality Regis Philbin had a successful hip replacement surgery and plans to return to Live! With Regis and Kelly early next month.

Regis Philbin taking leave of absence for hip surgery

"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," a show rep told The Associated Press.

Though the typical recovery time is four to six weeks, Philbin, 78, plans to return soon after the start of the new year.

Philbin also had triple-bypass heart surgery in 2007.