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Regis Philbin to Get His Own Reality Show?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 8th 2011 6:00AM
Regis PhilbinHas Kathie Lee Gifford got a working crystal ball? When Regis Philbin first announced his impending retirement, she said "He'll never retire ... I think his most enjoyable days are ahead of him."

Now it seems as though she was right. In an interview with 'USA Today' Philbin reveals that he's been mulling over the idea of taking on his own reality show after he steps down from 'Live!' in November.

"There are several things that interest me," he says. "You know these reality shows? I would love to do a real reality show where Regis goes out."

In fact, Philbin's already got the ball rolling on a potential new project -- "I did a little pilot for somebody last week in L.A." -- but says he'll wait to see the edited version before he says yes or no to continuing.

One thing the veteran presenter knows is that Reege the reality star would have some stiff competition from the gang over at E!. "How do you compete with the Kardashians? Regis on the street -- I'm no Kim Kardashian."

For the reality show pilot, cameras followed Philbin when he visited the doctor -- the 80-year-old was treated for floaters in his eyes -- and when he appeared on Craig Ferguson's 'Late Late Show' on CBS. There's no word yet on what wife Joy thinks of the plans, but Philbin's got a working title in mind for the prospective show: 'This Week With Regis!'

Philbin says he's going to take some time off before committing to anything, but he has already nixed appearing in his own sitcom. He wasn't interested because "It's so time-consuming."

So, did Philbin spill the beans about his possible replacement? No. "A co-host? That's their situation," he says. "I don't know who to recommend."

Exec producer Michael Gelman, who's worked with Philbin for 28 years and who is leading the search for Kelly Ripa's new co-host said no decisions have been made yet, but that all will be revealed early next year.

"I'm looking at this co-host search as 'we're going into dating mode again.' Dating is fun! Is dating stressful? Yes. You may have to tell your story again, but hopefully we'll find the right person. Maybe we'll move in together. We'll get engaged, and early in 2012 we'll make a commitment and set a wedding date."

'Live! With Regis and Kelly' airs weekdays on ABC. Regis Philbin's final show will air Friday Nov. 18.

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ruth

KELLY IS TOTALLY LACING IN MANNERS,,tHIS MORNING FOR INSTANC E SHE NEVER GAVE THE COHOST A CHANCE, gILMAN CANT YOU SW=EE HER RUDNESS,,,,ALWAYS INTERUPTING ,,TELLIONG STUFF THAT ONLY CONCWENS HER FAMJILY..../..WAKE UP AND GIVE THE WOMJAN SOME EDIQUETT LESSONS,

October 14 2011 at 9:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MARY INGRAM

i think ryan seacrest would make a great co-host. he has already had alot of time on .t.v. and on the radio.
he has a great personality i think alot of people would tune in to watch him.plus you have a married person
and a single person with different lives. plus Kelly and him would work well together. plus what a great name
for the kelly & ryan or Ryan & Kelly show sounds good to me.he has always made the contestants on idol
feel more at ease on the show.

Mary Ingram

September 08 2011 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kerrywenrich

I'm sure whoever his replacement is will work out great with KELLY she looks like the kinda girl that's easy to work with

September 08 2011 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tsimpson2333

Regis, don't enter that stupid arena. Why people watch these shows gives wonder. Want to see reality, look at your own life.

September 08 2011 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ezrastone1@mail.com

how much is enuff?

September 08 2011 at 11:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff Brown

regis seems uptite on tv but may be a good reality show , if the network dont bleep out the words , cause hes rich dont matter if show makes it or not , he" ll live better than us and the next 5 generations of ouf families combined....

September 08 2011 at 11:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Florence Bonanno

I didn't read the article, but the idea of this happening has me yelling, NO, NO, NO!

September 08 2011 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff Brown

you have done a good job , retire enjoy the fruits of your labor , enjoy what you made there is no more to make that would make you any happier. your kids and their kids and so on are covered rare to see a celibrity in it for the happiness than the money , retire u desirved it......

September 08 2011 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
momoney4u1

GOOD LUCK TO THE REGIS WHEREEVER HE GO ABC IS LOSING THEIR BEST
BETWEEN REGIS , AMC &OLTL BEING GONE TELL ABC THEY HAVE "LOST" ME TOO
CHEW ON THIS ABC ILL BE WATCHING THE OTHER NETWORKS DONE WITH ABC CHEW ON THAT

ABC IS BEING RUN BY AN IDIOT FIRE HIM SAVE OUR SHOWS

September 08 2011 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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