I worked at a job for several years in my twenties that was about fifteen minutes away, and I was expected at 9:30. So, I got up, watched morning TV, including the first fifteen minutes of "Regis and Kathie Lee" and then went to work. I quit that job and the next job I got started earlier, but on days off, I watched it. And when my job changed to telecommuting, I watched it every morning. (I experimented with watching TV all day, but strangely found I was less productive.) But the morning TV worked and provided some noise of other people that you miss when telecommuting. On balance, I've probably missed more episodes than I've seen, but it's been a staple that I was glad to know was there. Certainly record setting shows don't come along very often, and I know the show will continue on, as will Mr. Philbin (who keeps saying he's not retiring, he's moving on).
But thanks very much for helping me wake up each morning.