Regis Philbin beat his old show, now called Live With Kelly And Michael in key demos yesterday when he stopped by to co-host the 9 AM hour of WNYW/FOX 5’s Good Day New York with Rosanna Scotto. Rege beat Live in adults 25-54, adults 18-49 and women 25-54; minus Rege, Good Day had lost out to Live in all three demos during August. Philbin and Scotto clocked more than 82,000 25-54 year olds, while Live logged 62,300. Similar story in 18-49, where Philbin and Scotto snared nearly 46,000 to Live‘s 40,000. Live With Kelly and Michael did, however, keep its upper hand in households, viewers of all ages and women aged 18+. Live beat Good Day NY by 70% in households (221,000 vs. 130,000), by 79% in viewers (256,000 vs. 143,000), and by 101% in W18+ (163,000 vs. 81,000). Sharing the couch with Scotto, who worked for Philbin in 1982 as a production assistant on his show, he got in a couple words edgewise about his new live Fox Sports 1 talk show Crowd Goes Wild. Check it out:
What News Corp COO Chase Carey recently called the “world’s worst kept secret” – Fox’s still-unannounced plans to turn its Speed channel into a national general sports network called Fox Sports 1 — just became a little less mysterious. In response to a question on CNBC about reports that he’ll host a show on the new service, Regis Philbin said “all I can tell you is this: There’ll be a major announcement coming out next Tuesday.” Well, what do you know? The Fox Sports Media Group has an upfront presentation scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. Anyone want to put odds on what Fox will announce? Sports Business Daily reported that Philbin was negotiating to lead a panel, much like Barbara Walters’ The View, that will focus on sports.
International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences president and CEO Bruce Paisner says Regis Philbin brings “great credibility” to the 40th annual event, set for November 19 in New York. Philbin stepped away as co-host of Live With Regis And Kelly in November 2011 and is touring the country with the paperback edition of his book How I Got This Way. The International Academy will present Emmys in nine categories. Alan Alda and Norman Lear will be honored with special Founders Awards. Glee creator Ryan Murphy will receive the 2012 International Emmy Founders Award and Korean Broadcasting System President and CEO Kim In-Kyu, will receive the International Emmy Directorate Award.
Regis Philbin will be spending some time in Rachael Ray’s kitchen. Philbin, who stepped down as co-host on Live! With Regis And Kelly last November, will be appearing one day a month as a special guest on the syndicated talk show Rachael Ray. Just don’t call him a co-host. As he told USA Today, “I’m just a guy showing up on her show once a month”. In the past year, Philbin has appeared as a guest on several talk shows, including The View. He also had a guest spot on TV Land’s Hot In Cleveland. He’ll make his first appearance on Rachael Ray on Monday.
LIVE! With Kelly And???….The new co-host will finally be revealed on Sept. 4 when Kelly Ripa will be joined by her new partner. Joining the duo as guests that day will be Claire Danes and 2012 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. Since longtime host Regis Philbin left the show last November, 59 guest co-hosts have taken a seat next to Ripa, and Disney-ABC Domestic Television says one of them has been tapped for the new gig. Ripa will host the show solo for the first time the day before the big announcement. Philbin, who created the show, retired at age 80 after more than 28 years at the helm. Ripa joined the show in 2001.
It was just like yesterday this morning on Today, where Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford reunited as co-hosts for the first time in 12 years. Philbin sat in for the absent Hoda Kotb on the NBC morning show. Philbin and Gifford co-hosted Live! With Regis And Kathie Lee until Gifford left in 2000. Here’s a clip:
Regis Philbin’s last day on Live! With Regis & Kelly on Friday delivered a boisterous 7.3 rating/23 share in the metered markets. It capped six weeks of ratings growth for the daytime syndicated talk show leading into Regis’ grand finale. For comparison, the final epsode of Oprah Winfrey’s daytime show in May posted a 11.7/27 but TV usage in the afternoon is higher than in the morning when Live! airs, and unlike with Oprah, this is not the end of the show but the Philbin era on it. (Live! continued today with Kelly Ripa and first guest host Jerry Seinfeld.) On Friday, Live! was No.1 in its time period in all metered markets except St. Louis and Memphis. Come on, St. Louis and Memphis, no love for Rege?!
After 28 years, Regis Philbin this morning signed off as co-host of Live!. After New York mayor Michael Bloomberg presented the veteran talk show host with a key to the city, Disney honcho Bob Iger came out to salute Philbin, whose show is produced and distributed by Disney-ABC. Philbin’s response when Iger was introduced — “Oh, he’s still here?” Iger unveiled a plaque with Philbin’s name, which will be installed on the facade of the studio building where Live! is taped. Said Philbin to Iger during a commercial break, “I’m doing everything I can for you! After this you’re on your own!” Also in the audience for Philbin’s final show, which featured an emotional goodbye by his co-host Kelly Ripa, were Disney-ABC’s Anne Sweeney, Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira, Bryant Gumbel, Donald Trump, Tony Danza, Frank & Kathie Lee Gifford, John McEnroe and Diane Sawyer.
Neil Patrick Harris has joined the list of guest co-hosts on Disney-ABC’s syndicated morning talk show Live! With Kelly, which will use a rotating schedule to fill the seat of star Regis Philbin after he retires following Friday’s show. Harris, a frequent guest host in the past, is set to fill in beside Kelly Ripa from November 28-December 2. Jerry Seinfeld kicks off the guest rotation, doing a three-day stint November 21-23. Ripa last week reupped with the show through at least 2017, but a successor to Philbin as permanent co-host has not been named.
With Regis Philbin set to depart Live! With Regis and Kelly on November 18, the show has booked “some of Philbin’s favorite guests and friends” for his final week. They include Philbin’s former co-host Kathie Lee Gifford (November 17), fellow talk-show hosts David Letterman (November 16) and Jimmy Fallon (November 14) as well as Donald Trump (November 15) and Don Rickles (November 14). In addition, each day there will be a special musical tribute featuring singers such as Tony Bennett, Bret Michaels and Josh Groban. Philbin’s last show is being billed as an hourlong tribute commemorating his nearly three decades on Live!.
Following Regis Philbin’s November 18 exit, his syndicated talk show with Kelly Ripa will be temporarily retitled Live! With Kelly while a new permanent co-host is found. In the meantime, Ripa will be joined by a slew of guest co-hosts. First off is Jerry Seinfeld, who will take a seat besides Ripa on her first three solo shows, November 21-23. The duo’s guests will include Jason Segal, Kim Cattrall, Howie Mandel, Jamie Oliver and Miss Piggy. “Jerry is a great friend of ours, and a friend of Kelly’s, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s an entertainment icon,” Live executive producer Michael Gelman said. “It’s a great way to kick off the new beginning of our show.”
In the wall-to-wall coverage of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi yesterday, which was dominated by gruesome images of his lifeless body that I felt the networks went overboard with, two moments stood out. The oddest was when Regis Philbin read live the news of Gaddafi’s death on Live With Regis And Kelly to cheers and applause from the audience so big that even the veteran host was taken aback. The most intriguing was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s reaction to reading the news on her BlackBerry, accidentally caught on tape: you rarely see state officials in such unguarded moments. As for TV personas who stood out, Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart did his thing with an amusing look at Gaddafi with all his weirdness as well as the news coverage of his death. And then there was the unlikely hero of that news coverage yesterday, former Friends star Matthew Perry, thanks to a scene from his first series, the long-forgotten 1987 sitcom Second Chance, which has a scene indicating that Gaddafi dies on July 29, 2011. Here is that scene as well as The Daily Show‘s segment on Gaddafi.
Talk Show Roundup: Regis Philbin’s Last Day On ‘Live’ Is Nov. 18; First Gigs For Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper
Regis Philbin said today during the season premiere of his syndicated morning talk show Live With Regis and Kelly that his last day on the Disney-ABC program will be Nov. 18. The 80-year-old had announced back in January that his was retiring from Live after 28 years. As for his replacement, producer Michael Gelman said during the show this morning that there is no short list of candidates, and a guest-host rotation will continue until a permanent host is found.
– ABC today revealed that Katie Couric’s first news assignment at her new home will air tonight on Nightline, when the former CBS News anchor interviews Sarah Jessica Parker ahead of the actress’ upcoming feature I Don’t Know How She Does It. Sure, these are the types of guests Couric will nab for her upcoming ABC talk show, but it’s a curious debut for her owing to her much-publicized negotiations with potential suitors that centered on her insisting she stay close to hard news, like covering the 2012 presidential elections.
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.
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 …
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.
NBC Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol; ET host Mary Hart, who is retiring from the entertainment newsmagazine after 30 seasons; veteran talk show host Regis Philbin and RTL CEO Gerhard Zeiler will receive NATPE’s 8th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award. It will be presented on Jan. 25 during the NATPE 2011 Market & Conference in Miami.