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Regis Philbin Returning to TV on "Rachael Ray"

Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Regis Philbin made it clear that when he exited Live! With Regis and Kelly last November that he was not retiring. Now, starting next week, he’ll be back — but this time with a different spunky TV star.

The ubiquitous television host will be joining celebrity chef Rachel Ray in her kitchen on The Rachael Ray Show once a month beginning Monday. The appearance on Ray’s hit cooking show will mark his return to morning programming, which he stepped down from after hosting Live! for 28 seasons. The 81-year-old said that when the offer came in, he couldn’t refuse.

“I’m not going to say I don’t want to do your show!” he told USA Today. “I think it’s fun. I spent my whole life doing this … [Now] it’s not the every-morning burden.”

Not only will the always effervescent Philbin be gaining some screen time while appearing on the two-time Daytime Emmy winning show, but he might be gaining some culinary skills – something he says he is lacking.

“I can make a sandwich,” he said. “Two pieces of bread and you lay a little cheese or something on there. Add some mustard. Bang! I’ve made some lunch!”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Report: Seth Meyers the Front-Runner to Join Kelly Ripa on "Live!"

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Could Seth Meyers scale back his duties on Saturday Night Live and move to daytime TV alongside Kelly Ripa? reports Meyers, a frequent guest co-host on Live! with Kelly, is the front-runner to be named the permanent replacement for Regis Philbin.  The report speculates that if Meyers is hired, he may resign as SNL's head writer but continue to anchor its "Weekend Update" segment.

The website says two other frequent guest co-hosts, singer Josh Groban and former football star Michael Strahan, are also in the mix for the job.

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Regis Philbin, Other Stars, Fans Remember Dick Clark

ABC/ Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Regis Philbin is one of the many stars remembering the late Dick Clark, who died Wednesday at the age of 82.

Philbin filled in as host of Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve in 2004, after Clark suffered a stroke. He says of his experience on the special, "I was sorry he couldn't be there and I wondered what the reaction was going to be, but I just kept saying, Dick is back next year, believe me. But that was a thrill for me and I'll never forget it."

Philbin tells ABC News Radio he believes New Year's Rockin' Eve is in capable hands with Ryan Seacrest, adding, "I think he has it well under control."

Philbin describes Clark as an innovator in the TV business. He says, "Once I got on a plane and all of a sudden there was Dick Clark sitting next to me. So for six hours on the way from L.A. to New York we talked about the business over and over and over again and I said, Wow, this guy is brilliant."

Joe Bonsall of country music legends the Oak Ridge Boys was a longtime friend of Clark's, and he calls him "our first video deejay in a way." Bonsall explains, "He gave us music, he brought it to the kids, and I think his incredible legacy will be that he was the American icon who stood up there behind the podium and brought the music too us...every genre."

Chubby Checker echoes that sentiment: "If Elvis was the King of Rock 'n' Roll then Dick Clark is the king of all disc jockeys."

At Clark's Hollywood Walk of Fame star, fans saluted the TV icon and left flowers.

Here are some other celebrity reactions on Twitter and elsewhere to the news of Clark's passing:

  • Mario Lopez, a co-host on the 2001-2003 Dick Clark daytime talk show The Other Half: Just heard the news of Dick Clark... It was truly an honor to have worked with him, learn from him and to be able to call him a friend. He was a great man and an even better friend. The word legend is thrown around a lot, but it's never more appropriate than when used in describing Mr. Clark. He was a real inspiration & influence in my life. I will dearly miss my friend...Rest well DC."
  • Jenny McCarthy, who served as a correspondent on New Year's Rockin' Eve in recent years: "RIP dick Clark. You were amazing to work with. U will be missed. Xxxoo."
  • Joan Rivers: "Very sad to hear about Dick Clark. What a great life. What a great career. Relevant until the end. He will be missed!"
  • Debbie Gibson, 1980s pop star who performed on American Bandstand: "Just heard about Dick Clark. Oh man.... So sad :-("
  • Rob Thomas, Matchbox 20 frontman: "The end of an era. R.I.P. Dick Clark."
  • Billy Ray Cyrus: "R.I.P. Dick Clark. Thoughts and prayers with the Clark Family."
  • Snoop Dogg: "REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! U were pioneer n a good man!! Thank u sir."
  • Questlove, member of The Roots: "Dick Clark. A Great Philadelphian. Thank You Very Much!"
  • Janet Jackson: "Dick Clark changed the face of musical television. He was wonderful to many artists including our family. We will miss him. God bless."
  • Barry Manilow: "He was a dear friend, supporting me and my music for all of my years in the business. A great businessman and a true gentleman. An inspiration. My heart is so heavy now."
  • Kenny Rogers: “I’m one of the lucky people who can say that I knew Dick Clark personally. Dick produced almost every awards show I was on during the 80’s, and he constantly encouraged me toward success. He will be missed by everyone–especially by those who knew him well.”
  • Diana Ross: "I was very sad to here this news....Dick Clark was a pioneer, he was a music star maker, he was a legend and was my friend. He said that 'music is the soundtrack of your life.' Since I was 16, he was always a part of mine."
  • Stevie Wonder: "Dick Clark bridged a color gap at a time when there should not have been one, giving musical life to black artists that may not have had a chance. He gave music freedom - equal opportunity. He wore many hats and all of them incredibly well.  His saying was it’s got a beat and you can dance to it.  My words are he had a heart of gold, that's what I know and I'm stickin to it."
  • Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff: "As fellow Philadelphians, we have admired Dick Clark and the American Bandstand brand for many years, as it promoted Philadelphia music around the nation. Dick Clark was one of our inspirations for creating the ‘Sound of Philadelphia’ music brand."
  • Berry Gordy, Motown founder: "I’m saddened and devastated over the loss of my dear friend, Dick Clark.   We were friends for over 50 years....Dick was always there for me and Motown, even before there was a Motown....Dick did everything with class, style and integrity.  He was a true gentleman. His groundbreaking achievements in music and television ensure that his legacy will live on forever."

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Will Rob Lowe Replace Regis Philbin?

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC(NEW YORK) -- The latest rumor on a replacement for Regis Philbin is Rob Lowe, according to a report by TMZ.

The actor already has a gig on Parks and Recreation, but the report says when Lowe did a guest host spot with Kelly Ripa on Live! with Kelly, execs at ABC “loved the chemistry” between the two.  The report says network executives have been in talks with the actor’s reps in the hope of making the partnership permanent.

Speaking to a TMZ reporter at New York's JFK International Airport, the actor said, “I love New York.  I love the energy.  It would be a nice change of pace.  I’m a California boy, but it would be fun.”  Live! with Kelly is produced in New York.

Neil Patrick Harris, Jerry Seinfeld, and Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, have also co-hosted the morning talk show since Philbin left late last year.

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Regis Philbin's Farewell Boosts 'Live!' Ratings

David Russell/Disney-ABC Domestic TV(NEW YORK) -- Regis Philbin's farewell appearance as host of Live! with Regis and Kelly was must-see TV last Friday morning. The Hollywood Reporter says an estimated 23 percent of Nielsen-measured homes with televisions in use were tuned into his swan song. The overall ratings for the show were up more than 150 percent from the same day last year. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, we won't know until next week how many people watched the daytime talk show.

Philbin left the program after hosting it for nearly three decades. Guest co-hosts will fill his vacant chair next to Kelly Ripa until a replacement is named.

The highest-rated primetime program for the week ending Sunday was NBC's broadcast of the Philadelphia Eagles' victory over the New York Giants last weekend. CBS won the network ratings race for last week, followed by ABC, NBC, Fox, Univision, the CW, Telemundo and ION Television.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of Nov. 14-20, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. NFL Football: Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants, NBC, 20.31 million.
2. NCIS, CBS, 20 million.
3. Dancing With the Stars, ABC, 17.95 million.
4. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 15.21 million.
5. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 15.15 million.
6. Dancing With the Stars Results Show, ABC, 15.1 million.
7. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 15.06 million.
8. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 14.77 million.
9. 60 Minutes, CBS, 14.47 million.
10. Modern Family, ABC, 12.91 million.

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Regis Philbin Bids Farewell to 'Live!'

David Russell/Disney-ABC Domestic TV(NEW YORK) -- Regis Philbin made good on his promise -- and on a $10 bet with Katie Couric -- that he wouldn’t cry as he bade farewell to Live! With Regis and Kelly in a star-packed studio in New York City on Friday.  Philbin closed the show, and this chapter of his career, by thanking his fans for “these great years together” and telling them, “I hope I see you again real soon.”

“I’ll always remember spending these mornings with all of you,” he said.

Couric -- who made the bet during a Nightline interview with him, and who was seated among the other stars in the audience -- did cry.

Philbin, who holds the record for the most time on the air at 16,780 hours and has been a fixture on television for half a century, hosted Live! for 28 years including 15 beside Kathie Lee Gifford, who was in the audience filled with friends, family, and famous fans on Friday.

Excited fans chased Philbin as he crossed the street from his apartment to the studio on Manhattan's West Side, and celebrity guests walked a red carpet before the show they attended to pay tribute to the TV icon.  ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Meredith Viera and Couric were among those who feted their friend and colleague while speaking with journalists at the event.  Regis was also praised by Jane Krakowski, Alan Alda and Tony Danza, as well as real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump, who called Philbin "an institution."

Live! staffers were in tears as Regis and Ripa walked out holding hands at the start of the show, which featured New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg presenting the New York native with a key to the city.  Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, gave Philbin another surprise, a bronze plaque on the building in Philbin’s honor.

The show also included a montage of celebrity impersonations of Philbin, a performance by the cast of the Broadway show Rent and a tribute from his two daughters J.J. and Joanna, and his wife Joy.

Ripa was emotional throughout the show.  She ignored her co-host’s advice to, “Never write anything down and speak from the heart,” as she read a message about the “43 steps” from her dressing room to the stage -- which Philbin took with her every morning -- telling her friend how much he changed her life.  She said she wished Philbin's next 43 steps will “fill you with the joy that you’ve filled us with for all these years.”

Executive Producer Michael Gelman told reporters before the show, “We’re starting the dating process” to select a new co-host.  Jerry Seinfeld will be Ripa’s first co-host for three episodes next week, other celebrities will also be filling in, including Neil Patrick Harris.

As for any potential replacements, Ripa told ABC News any potential co-host should be "easy to work with," which, she admitted is a nice way to say someone who's "not a pain in the butt."  Any names at the top of the list?  "I know what you know," Kelly exclaimed, saying she only found out about Seinfeld's participation by reading the newspaper, "like everyone else."

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Donald Trump Tweeting About 'Obamacare' from Philbin Farewell?

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump owns hotels, hosts a TV show, and occasionally almost runs for president. But Friday he took multi-tasking to a whole new level. While sitting in the audience of Live with Regis and Kelly for the final show in the long career of Regis Philbin, Trump sent a tweet from his account “@RealDonaldTrump.” Or at least there was a tweet sent from his account.

“Regardless of the USC’s ruling, ObamaCare can only be defeated politically. It must be legislatively repealed or America will go bankrupt,” the tweet said.

The message was posted to Trump’s Twitter page at 9:57am, at the very moment when Philbin was speaking on camera with his final thoughts on his career, and the show he was leaving behind. Trump was seated in the audience along with celebrities John McEnroe, Alan Alda, Tony Danza, and ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Robin Roberts and Sam Champion.

During the show, the camera fell on Trump several times, but it wasn’t on him at the moment this tweet was sent. An ABC News producer in the audience didn't recall seeing Trump didn't leave his seat during the show, however, but it’s unclear if he was tweeting from the audience while Regis was saying goodbye -- or if the @RealDonaldTrump isn’t quite as real as advertised.

It should be noted many celebrities have others tweet for them.

Trump aides reached for comment said they didn't know the timing or genesis of the tweet in question.

At the event, Trump did have his political hat atop his oft-talked about hair, however. He told ABC News before the show that the changes in the GOP leaderboard have been "very surprising" and that it was  "amazing" to watch the candidates "going up and down like yo-yos." Trump added, "We'll see what happens, but anybody is better than what we have now."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Regis Philbin Says Goodbye to 'Live!' on Friday

Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- After nearly three decades as host of Live!, Regis Philbin will say goodbye to his daytime talk show on Friday.

The New York-based program has not announced guests for his farewell appearance, but it promises to have "many surprises for Regis and the audience."

At a press conference Thursday, the iconic 80-year-old TV personality said he felt "pretty good."  He said he is leaving the show "proud of that fact that we accomplished something, against certain odds, and made it happen."

Speaking with ABC News Radio, Philbin elaborated, "This show came in and was kind of like my last chance.  And, so I had to make a success of it.  And, I got it done the way, I think, I function best -- live and spontaneous."

Philbin has hosted Live! since 1983, when it launched as a local New York City program under a different title.  He shared hosting duties with Kathie Lee Gifford for 15 years before Kelly Ripa replaced her in 2001.

When asked what kind of qualities his replacement would need, Philbin said, "I think if they're smart, savvy, have some experience, have a background in our business... All of those factors would help someone become the host of that show."

Until it finds a replacement for Philbin, Live! will feature a series of guest hosts.  Jerry Seinfeld will join Ripa on Monday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Regis Philbin Tells Katie Couric He Won't Cry During 'Live!' Farewell

Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Regis Philbin will say goodbye to his daytime talk show, Live! with Regis and Kelly, on Friday.  The previous night, ABC will air a special edition of 20/20 in which Katie Couric and Philbin will discuss his long and storied career in the TV business.

In the program, the 80-year-old Philbin says he knows his farewell will be "meaningful, it will be from my heart, and I will really mean it."  But he vows to Couric that he will not cry as he bids farewell to the viewers of his talk show.

Philbin has hosted Live! since 1983, when it launched as a local New York City program under a different title. He shared hosting duties with Kathie Lee Gifford for 15 years before Kelly Ripa replaced her in 2001.

Couric's interview with Philbin airs Thursday night on ABC at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Regis Philbin Prepares to Sign off; Kelly Ripa Gears Up to Go Solo

Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- After 28 seasons of LIVE! With Regis and Kelly, co-host Regis Philbin will depart the long-running talk show on Nov. 18 with an hour-long tribute.  His final week begins Nov. 14 and will feature classic memories and favorite guests of Philbin's.

Kicking off the celebration week will be comedians Jimmy Fallon and Don Rickles on Nov. 14, followed by Donald Trump on the 15th, David Letterman Nov. 16 and former co-host Kathie Lee Gifford on the 17th.  Scheduled musical guests include Tony Bennett, Bret Michaels, Josh Groban and several others.

Following Philbin's exit, the show will be renamed LIVE! With Kelly, allowing Kelly Ripa to assume solo hosting duties until a permanent co-host is found, reports Deadline Hollywood.  Ripa will be joined by guest co-host Jerry Seinfeld from Nov. 21-23.

In other Ripa news, she just signed a five-year deal with Disney-ABC Domestic Television to stay on board until at least 2017.

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