Could Regis Philbin be preparing for his return to TV? Rumor has it if Hoda Kotb is chosen to replace Ann Curry on the Today show, Philbin may very well step into Hoda’s shoes as Kathie Lee Gifford’s fourth hour sidekick. Would you like to see Regis and Kathie Lee reunited?
According to a report from The Hollywood Gossip, Kathie Lee Gifford left Live With Regis and Kathie Lee back in 1991, and Kelly Ripa replaced the female half of the talk show duo. Regis himself retired from the show earlier this year, leaving Kelly Ripa as the sole permanent host. Guest hosts have filled in until a permanent replacement is selected. Fans are starting to wonder why it’s taking so long for that to happen.
A source says NBC wants to sign Regis Philbin to serve as a special contributor and to do entertainment assignments anyway, so if Hoda Kotb does take Ann Curry’s place, he’d be the most likely one to take Hoda’s place.
Fans will no doubt be beside themselves with excitement if in fact this transition really takes place. Even though fans love Kelly Ripa, there was nothing quite like the combination of Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford.