Thursday, February 29, 2024

Regis Philbin New Show? Not Unless It’s Once a Week


Regis Philbin has no plans to do a new daily show to compete with his current one. Contrary to reports, Philbin’s future work will be things that require a few days’ worth of taping, or a game show like “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.” Right now Philbin, who turns 80 in August, isn’t looking to ramp up to a full time schedule. He currently only works three to four days a week and has massive amounts of vacation–as it should be. I would guess the last thing Regis wants–and for that matter, his wife, Joy wants–is a grueling schedule of a start up five day a week schedule. Look for Regis to take high paying, classy low impact stints in the future, my sources say. And in prime time, not at 9 in the morning! PS If only Disney and ABC had made him a proper offer to keep going with Kelly Ripa in the morning–then we wouldn’t have these issues to write about!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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