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STAYING IN BUSINESS: Kelly Ripa To Produce TV Special Starring Regis Philbin

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: They may be preparing to say goodbye as co-hosts of Live with Regis and Kelly, but Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin  are planning a new collaboration beyond the syndicated daily talk show. I hear Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos are developing a TV special through their Milojo Prods. to star Philbin. Details about the project are sketchy, but it is said to showcase Philbin’s abilities as a storyteller. Molojo has already met with several prominent directors for the special. Contrary to a Page Six report that Ripa was pissed at Philbin for exploring other projects, it seems like she might be part of them. In January, Philbin announced that he would leave Live after 25 years, the last 10 with Ripa as co-host.

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Regis Philbin Not Retiring From Showbiz; Plots Next Career Move; Fires Talent Agent

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Regis Philbin surprised the TV world with his announcement yesterday morning that he will be leaving Live with Regis and Kelly later this year. Well, it shouldn’t be inconceivable for someone pushing 80 to consider retirement, but the fact of the matter is that Philbin is not retiring. Far from it. He is going for a major life and career change that is being complemented by a big representation  change. Philbin has left Paradigm, where he had been represented by his agent of 25 years Jim Griffin, to go to WME. This marks a homecoming of sorts for Philbin who had been at WMA for decades until following Griffin to Paradigm in 2009 after 30-year WMA veteran Griffin was let go in the fallout from the WME-Endeavor merger. (But WME kept the packaging fee on Live via the merger.)

During his 23 years on Live, Philbin has been doing a lot of side gigs, mostly hosting (most famously, ABC’s version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire). But now, with his full-time gig over, I hear he is looking to do a lot more, which prompted his move to WME.

As for Live, I hear producer Buena Vista TV was ready to offer Philbin a lengthy new deal. (Last time Philbin signed a new deal for Live was in 2007, the same time the show was renewed. Both deals expire at the end of this season.) Philbin had already scaled … Read More »

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Sneak: Dave Phones Regis About Retiring

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Regis Philbin To Retire, ‘Live’ Will Continue

Nellie Andreeva

Regis Philbin is retiring from Live with Regis and Kelly. He made the announcement this morning on the daily syndicated talk show, which he has been hosting for almost 25 years. Live will continue after his departure, slated for late summer or fall, with Kelly Ripa getting a new co-host. Philbin, who is 79, has been in television for a half a century, with his numerous gigs including hosting the American version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Live originated as The Morning Show on WABC-TV with him and Cindy Garvey as co-hosts. Kathie Lee Gifford became his co-host in 1985, and in 1988, Buena Vista Television launched the syndicated Live with Regis & Kathie Lee. Gifford departed the show in 2000, with Ripa joining the show in 2001. In the past few years, Philbin underwent a heart bypass and hip replacement surgeries. Philbin holds the world record for most hours spent in front of a TV camera with well over 16,000 hours on the air.

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