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Maya Rudolph and Kelly Ripa Have an 'Oprah-Off' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Dec 2nd 2011 3:00PM
Maya Rudolph's been trying to tell people for months that her 'Up All Night' character Ava, who just so happens to be a flight talk show host, isn't a re-imagining of her famous 'SNL' Oprah impression. But Friday on 'Live!' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), at the behest of guest-host Neil Patrick Harris, Rudolph and Kelly Ripa broke out their dueling Oprah impersonations for an 'Oprah-Off.'

Rudolph started off the competition by announcing a fake audience giveaway that would make Snooki proud. "Today, we're giving away ... pickles!!" she exclaimed, as the audience cheered wildly. Ripa followed up with, "You get a pickle, and you get a pickle and you get a pickle," and got some feedback from Rudolph on her impression.

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Regis Philbin's Next Project: A Family Talent Show?

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 28th 2011 10:25AM
Regis Philbin's Next ProjectRegis Philbin has been gone from 'Live!' for less than a month and he's already plotting his return to TV.

According to the New York Post's Page Six, Philbin's next TV project could be a family talent show. The 80-year-old TV mainstay has formed RAF Productions with former 'Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee' director Barry Glazer, Edward Walson and Cort Cassidy.

"We're contemplating a show that is sort of a talent show, but it involves the whole family," Philbin told Page Six. Philbin said the show will be on primetime once it comes to fruition.

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NBC Buys Puppet Sitcom From Henson Co., 'Buffy' Smartphone and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 22nd 2011 12:30PM
NBC LogoWhat if your neighbors were puppets? According to EW, the Peacock network is working on a script with the Jim Henson Co. about a human family who lives next door to a family of puppets.

'The New Nabors' comes from '30 Rock' veteran John Riggi and John Hoffman of 'Afterlife.' Jim Henson's daughter, Lisa, will serve as executive producer on the project.

Interest in Muppets is at an all-time high with the new film hitting theaters Nov. 23. The Muppets also appeared with Jason Segel on 'Saturday Night Live.'

In other TV news ...

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Jerry Seinfeld Asks New Yorkers Who Should Replace Regis (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Nov 21st 2011 5:30PM
Today began a new era in daytime TV, as 'Live With Regis and Kelly' became 'Live With Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) in the wake of Regis Philbin's retirement. Kelly was joined by Jerry Seinfeld, who's serving as her temporary co-host. "I feel very honored that you invited me ... to be the first person to be part of Operation Smooth Transition," he said early in the show. And although Regis' absence has left 'Live' with an identity crisis, Seinfeld, at least today, capably filled the void.

But the question of Kelly's permanent co-host still needs to be answered. Jerry took to the streets, hoping the people of New York might have the answer, but everyone he asked suggested he take the job permanently. "Who that we could afford?" he quipped. When the next person insisted that he would be a good fit, Jerry jokingly caved. "Alright, I'll take it."

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Regis Philbin and Joy Philbin Talk Life After 'Live!'

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 18th 2011 12:05PM
regis philbin last day on Live!After more than 28 years hosting 'Live!,' and an astonishing 17,000 hours on live television, it's time for Regis Philbin to hang up his hat and leave what he calls, "The best job in TV."

But just because he's saying goodbye to 'Live!' with Kelly Ripa -- and Gelman -- doesn't mean that he's leaving the entertainment business for good. After five decades on live television, Regis Philbin doesn't know how to not be on TV.

"I'm still looking for something," Philbin tells AOL TV. "People think that he's retiring, but he's not," his wife, Joy Philbin, adds. "He's just moving on to something new."

We caught up with Philbin and his wife, Joy, before his big farewell on 'Live!,' to talk about life after live television, what's next and why reality TV isn't for Regis.

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Regis Philbin Leaves 'Live' With Emotional Farewell Speech (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 18th 2011 11:35AM
After 28 years, a record-setting amount of hours logged in front of the camera, and a joyous Farewell Tour that lasted for weeks, Friday was finally Regis Philbin's last day hosting 'Live' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC). In an emotional, celebratory hour of live TV, Kelly Ripa and a few special guests sent the beloved 80-year-old TV legend off in style.

After Regis walked Kelly the 43 steps from her dressing room to the stage for the last time time, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg came by to present Regis with a key to the city.

Ripa delivered an emotional farewell speech to her co-host of ten years, thanking him and wishing him well in his life's next chapter. "Your light is what shined around all of us, and made us look so bright ... I look forward to the next 43 steps, and may they fill you with the joy that you filled all of us with for all of these years," she said, tearing up.

Regis handled his sign-off with the grace and class of one of television's most seasoned pro's. "I'll always remember spending these mornings with all of you, so thank you very much for these great years together, god bless you all, and I hope I see you again real soon. Thanks everybody!"

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Regis Philbin: A Look Back At His Epic TV Career

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 18th 2011 9:00AM
Regis Philbin has logged more hours in front of a television camera than anyone else in history. So what's the secret of his longevity? Well, for four decades, he has cheerfully and tirelessly invited audiences to laugh not just with him but at him. In a nice way.

Although Regis insists that 'Live,' which he departs from today, won't be the final act of his TV career, now still feels like an appropriate time to take a step back and consider the legacy of the most lovable, excitable, and enduring television icon ever to refer to himself -- regularly -- in the third person.

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It's Regis Philbin's Last Day on 'Live!' -- Now He Wants to Host 'SNL'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 18th 2011 7:45AM
Today is Regis Philbin's last day co-hosting 'Live! With Regis and Kelly,' but it seems as though thoughts of retirement are still far from the 80 year-old's mind. Talking to reporters after Thursday's show he said "I feel pretty good," but he did admit that he may not feel quite so good next week when the show carries on without him.

"I wasn't looking forward to this moment," said Philbin. "You never are in your life when you're leaving a success that you worked your tail off to make." However, the hardest working man in television won't be idle for long. He's embarking next week on a US book tour to promote his new memoir, 'How I Got This Way,' and he's already been toying with the idea of making his own reality show.

However, he told 'The New York Times' that what he'd really, really like to do is host 'Saturday Night Live.' Saying it would be "irresistible" if he got the call, Philbin quipped "It's come up in my mind, but not theirs. I think the audience for that show would rather have some young guy playing a vampire somewhere."

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Kathie Lee Assures Regis She Never Felt Any Sexual Tension Between Them (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 17th 2011 2:15PM
Regis Philbin's long-time 'Live' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) TV partner Kathie Lee Gifford came by her old show to bid the daytime icon farewell. Regis, ever the gentleman, started off by making things as awkward as possible.

"It's perfectly human to experience some sexual tension when you work with someone over the years," Regis said, as the audience fell silent. "Honest to God ... did it ever happen to you?" he asked. Kathie Lee paused for a few seconds and then flatly replied, "No," a fantastic reminder of the duo's comedic timing.

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Letterman Compares Regis to Johnny Carson, Kisses Him Goodbye (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 16th 2011 3:15PM
David Letterman and Regis Philbin have been friends for years, so Letterman stopped by 'Live' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) to bid his dear buddy farewell, and to tease him about his Newsweek cover-shoot with Jerry Seinfeld.

Holding up the cover, Letterman joked, "You've been on my show, what, about a million times? How many times has Jerry put you on his show? Oh I forgot, Jerry doesn't have a show."

Letterman then payed Regis a high compliment, putting his legacy in the same sentence with TV legend Johnny Carson, who was known as the King of Late Night. "When Johnny stepped down ... it was, who's gonna be the guy? Well lord knows it wasn't me ... and it's certainly not Leno ... so Regis, we realized, sitting right under our nose, here's the guy," Letterman said.

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Regis and Tony Bennett Sing a Duet of 'The Best Is Yet to Come' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 15th 2011 1:30PM
The Regis Farewell tour has taken on a decidedly musical, nostalgic flavor in recent days. On Monday's 'Live,' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) Jimmy Fallon sang Regis a version of 'It's Only Just Begun,' and on Tuesday, legendary singer Tony Bennett and Regis performed a duet of 'The Best Is Yet to Come.' As the song titles suggest, it's finally starting to sink in that Regis is only a few days from his daytime TV retirement.

Ever the performer, Regis handled the song like a seasoned veteran, using his signature voice for some funny call-and-response. When Regis encouraged Bennett to, "Sing it, Tony," he joked back, "What the hell do you think I'm doin'?" Maybe after Regis steps away from 'Live' these two can go on tour together.

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Jimmy Fallon Serenades Regis (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 14th 2011 1:45PM
It's Regis Philbin's last week on 'Live,' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) and the show is pulling out all the stops to send him off as a hero of daytime TV. On Monday's show, Jimmy Fallon stopped by and serenaded Regis to the tune of 'It's Only Just Begun.'

Fallon sang, "Why do you have to leave? He's only sixty-three ... What's that, he's 80? Good lord." He then gave a musical run-through of Regis' TV career. "He started out at as a page on NBC .. from Joey Bishop into Kathie Lee, I'll miss all those things you said," before breaking into an impression of Regis excitedly yelling at Gellman about Jerry Seinfeld being on the cover of Newsweek.

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Regis Philbin May Have Been America's Goofiest TV Chef (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 11th 2011 2:00PM
Was Regis Philbin America's first TV chef? No, but he was perhaps the goofiest man to ever attempt to cook something in a TV kitchen. 'Live' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) continued the Philbin Farewell Tour on Friday with a look back at Regis' most memorable culinary moments, which included him rescuing a Playboy bunny and smooching Gwyneth Paltrow.

The highlight of the montage came during a cooking segment with a Playboy bunny. When a small grease-fire broke out, sending smoking billowing from the stove, Regis sprang into action, picking up the model and yelling, "Save the bunny, save the bunny!" This is the moment Regis proved himself to be an American hero.

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'Live' Celebrates Regis' Finest Sporting Moments (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 10th 2011 1:35PM
Regis Philbin is a sportsman for the ages. Did you know he played on the tennis team when he was a student at Notre Dame? Neither did we. Thanks, Wikipedia!

Regs' 'Live' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) farewell tour continued on Thursday with a montage celebrating his athletic prowess, with a look back at him wrestling, boxing, playing pepper with Derek Jeter, snapping a football to Boomer Esiasan and a variety of other sports schenanigans.

The segment concluded with a surprise-guest appearance from a long-time college football coach ... no, not Joe Paterno. It was Lou Holtz, who coached for years at Regis' alma matter Notre Dame. "When the bank asks me to list my assets, I start with my friendship with Regis Philbin," Holtz said.

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Regis Begs to See Taylor Lautner's Abs (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 9th 2011 2:00PM
Regis Philbin's final 'Live' show is slightly over a week away, and his farewell tour has been an epic run of montages, surprise guest appearances, and stripping for Snooki. But the celebration of all things Regis wouldn't have been complete without an awkward, cringe-worthy interview ... and Wednesday's sit-down with 'Twilight' star Taylor Lautner provided just that.

Regis couldn't hide his obsession with Lautner's abs from the get-go, and didn't relent as the interview proceeded. "Would it be too much for me, an older person, to ask you, a virile .... if you would just show me your abs," Regis said. "Oh my god ... what?" Kelly Ripa asked, squirming in her chair.

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