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Regis Philbin Joins 'The Rachael Ray Show'

Former 'Live!' star lands monthly guest spot on daytime talk show

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Sep 18, 2012 2:04PM
Almost a year after leaving his post at "Live! With Regis and Kelly," Regis Philbin has landed a monthly gig with "The Rachael Ray Show." He'll be also returning to romance Betty White in the "Hot in Cleveland" premiere. 

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"I can't tell you how excited I am that Regis will be a recurring special guest on our show this season," Ray said in a statement. "Regis has been a close friend of the show and a close friend of mine for years and it'll be a blast having him on the team."

Philbin, 81, recently told Larry King he left "Live! With Regis and Kelly" because he got bored with the repetition of doing daytime. It sounds like this lighter weight gig is more what he was looking for. 

"I'm not a co-host, I'm just a guy showing up on her show once a month," Philbin told USA Today. "I love the idea. It's fun to be back on TV when you don't have to do it every day. I'm not gonna say I don't want to do your show! I think it's fun. I spent my whole life doing this."
 
 
What he didn't spend his life doing was cooking, so he's not likely to get in on many cooking segments with Ray, unless she gives him a lesson. "I can make a sandwich. Two pieces of bread and you lay a little cheese or something on there. Add some mustard. Bang! I've made some lunch!" he quipped. "I would love to let her teach me [so] that I could cook here at home and really surprise my wife."

As for Philbin's take on the newly launched "Live! With Kelly and Michael," he says he hasn't seen it, because he's started sleeping in for the first time in his life. (Apparently, he doesn't have TiVo.) 

"I like Strahan a lot. I've known him for years," Philbin said. "He was a Giant here - in many ways. Had a big following with the New York Giants. He's very funny. He's got a great sense of humor. I haven't seen too much of the show. I haven't seen the opening. How is it?"

The former talk show king, who holds the Guinness World Record for the "Most Hours on U.S. Television," will return to daytime on Monday's episode of "The Rachael Ray Show."

He will also back on "Hot in Cleveland" as Betty White's love interest for the season premiere, set for Nov. 28.  

"The last show was when Betty White discovered me, and I discovered her," Phibin told USA Today. "Everybody thinks I'm gay, and Betty White appeals to me."

"The Rachael Ray Show" airs weekdays in syndication. 
9Comments
Sep 18, 2012 11:39PM
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Poor ol' Regis... nothing but a decrepit old has-been who can't bone his wife anymore due to E.D.

Still, he has a 'more than healthy' bank account so no one should feel sorry for his irrelevant self.

Sep 18, 2012 8:08PM
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Why is everyone here so angry about Regis? How does this impact you in any way? Worry about yourselves and try being positive about things for a change 
Sep 18, 2012 7:52PM
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Well, I won't be watching that show when he is on.
Sep 18, 2012 7:24PM
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Make sure you remember to wear your bib Regis so the dribbles won't ruin the silk tie they will put on you !

Sep 18, 2012 6:40PM
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I'm sirprized it took Regis this long to realize that there was still money out there that he had the opportunity to make!
Sep 18, 2012 5:13PM
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Regis forgot to mention that the studio wanted him to take a pay cut because he was taking Friday's off every week.
Sep 18, 2012 5:07PM
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Give it a rest Regis! You said you were retiring! Give another young person a break & able to make some money! You old Fart...stay home and watch tv all day!
Sep 18, 2012 3:52PM
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I thought the old goat was done.....pfffttt....
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