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August 22, 2012
It's hard to imagine anyone more different from Regis Philbin than Michael Strahan, the hulking, gap-toothed, 40-year-old former defensive end for the New York Giants. But after months of speculation and a rotating cast of temporary "Live!" guest hosts, Strahan has emerged as the clear favorite to fill the void left by the 80-year-old Philbin when he retired last November from the morning show. Strahan would become the co-host with Kelly Ripa. On Monday, ABC-Disney Domestic Television, producers of the syndicated talk show, announced that a permanent replacement had finally been selected and would be unveiled live on the air Sept.
July 11, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Seth Meyers is not cut out for morning television - just ask Kelly Ripa. In an appearance on “Late Night” Tuesday, the terminally chipper blond took a few good-natured hits at "SNL" star Meyers, who currently is serving a weeklong stint as co-host but has emphatically denied reports that he will be taking over for the recently retired Regis Philbin. Jimmy Fallon asked Ripa about who's being considered for the job, but she pleaded ignorance. "Everyone assumes I have the inside track, but I am just a hired employee," she said.
November 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
Regis Philbin is returning to prime time. The "Live With Regis and Kelly" host will helm "This Is Your Life" for ABC. The series is a new version of the 1950s and '60s NBC original created and hosted by Ralph Edwards that each week surprised a guest with an often-emotional recounting of his or her life. The format for the Philbin-hosted version hasn't yet been announced, nor has an air date. Philbin, 74, hosted the prime-time version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" for ABC from 1999 to 2002.
October 12, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
Regis Philbin, who previously hosted the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" for ABC, is going to host a game show for CBS. The network said Thursday it had ordered six episodes of "Million Dollar Password," described as a "modernized version" of the long-running game show "Password," in which contestants try to guess a hidden word through synonym clues. The grand prize will be $1 million. CBS said the show would air at midseason.
June 30, 2006 | Scott Collins
After its two-hour premiere last week became summer's highest-rated entertainment program, TV observers wondered if NBC's "America's Got Talent" with Regis Philbin might turn out to be this season's reality breakthrough. Well ... probably not. Week 2 of "Talent" did OK in the ratings Wednesday night, but it didn't build in a way that signals viewer excitement. In the 9 p.m.
January 27, 2004 | From a Times staff writer
Regis Philbin has agreed to return as host when ABC unveils what it calls "a new, totally amped-up version" of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" next month, featuring a top prize of $10 million. The quiz show was a hit when ABC introduced it in 1999, but its popularity waned as the network spread installments over four nights a week, and it was canceled in 2002. The game has survived in syndication, however, with Meredith Vieira as host.
August 21, 2004 | From Associated Press
Regis Philbin has lived a lifetime on television. Logging 15,188 hours on the tube has yielded him fame, fortune -- and now a place in the record books. Friday's "Live With Regis and Kelly" gave the talk-show host the Guinness world record for most hours on camera. He passed broadcaster Hugh Downs for the record, as calculated by Guinness World Records researcher Stuart Claxton. Philbin, who will turn 73 next week, has hosted the syndicated "Live" in all 16 of its seasons -- now with Kelly Ripa.
August 20, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
More than nine months after Regis Philbin retired from the syndicated weekday talk show “Live!,” Kelly Ripa finally has a new co-host, the show announced Monday. But don't get too excited just yet: Viewers will have to wait until Sept. 4 to find out who got the coveted job. On Sept. 3, Ripa will kick off the new season of “Live!” by herself. The next day, the show will end months of frenzied speculation when Ripa's new partner finally joins her onstage. While we don't know yet who'll be sitting beside Ripa, the guests that morning will include “Homeland” actress Claire Danes and "American Idol's" Phillip Phillips.
November 28, 1999 | MIKE DOWNEY
For weeks now, I have been dying to write a column about that goofy TV game show, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" You know . . . the program that some of us in the audience think of as "Jeopardy for Dummies." No doubt about it, this show is a huge hit with viewers ages 5 to 105. That is true in part because many of its questions can be answered by viewers age 5. Regis Philbin is the host, and part of Regis' job is to ask after every question: "Is that your final answer?"
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