Will Lisa Rinna Take Regis Philbin's Seat on 'Live'?
by PopEater Staff, posted Jan 29th 2011 8:00AM
So far, there's been no word on who might replace Regis Philbin when he departs from 'Live With Regis & Kelly' at the end of the summer. But according to PopEater's Rob Shuter, one name that ABC executives have been considering is Lisa Rinna.
"Lisa has proved she can do the job," one exec told Shuter. "She has co-hosted the show with Regis, filled in for Joy Behar on her show and was even better than Billy Bush when she stepped into his shoes on 'Access Hollywood's' new daytime show."
Could she do it? Absolutely, but there are questions, like what would her chemistry be like with Kelly, and would she be willing to move her entire family from sunny L.A. to the snowpocalypse that is NYC?
Always the class act, Rinna wouldn't comment on any of the speculation but did tell Shuter, "Regis taught me everything that I know. He is the king!"
[Rob's Fun Fact: Lisa and I were at the show the morning the magnificent Kathie Lee Gifford announced she was leaving.]
Now, with the idea of co-hosting 'Live' in her head, Lisa has started to exude some of her trademark confidence and pointed out that this wouldn't be the first time she's been up for the job.
"You know, back 10 years ago I filled in many times with Regis when Kathie Lee left," Lisa reminded Shuter. "I've been so fortunate enough to co-host with him at least 10 times or more and was up for the job to replace Kathie Lee, but of course Kelly was the perfect choice for it."
Indeed she was, but now she needs a co-pilot. Paging ABC!