Regis Philbin Eyes Primetime Family Talent Show

Regis Philbin - Waves Goodbye - P – 2011
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The former host has formed a new production company with "Regis and Kathie Lee"'s director.

NEW YORK – After ending his run on ABC’s Live! With Regis and Kelly, Regis Philbin is aiming for a bigger primetime talent show geared to the whole family, he told the New York Post’s Page Six

Philbin, who hosted the first season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, has formed RAF Productions with former Live With Regis and Kathie Lee director Barry Glazer, City Island executive producer Edward Walson and Writers Guild Awards executive producer Cort Cassidy, it reported.

“We’re contemplating a show that is sort of a talent show, but it involves the whole family,” Philbin told Page Six. He added that it would be “a family competition, which is something new in our business.”

The Post also said that Philbin, 80, has been contacted by Gangland producer Michael Manshel about other concepts, including reviving the variety TV format. 

“[An] entertainment type of show would appeal to me,” Philbin told the Post. “In our business you don’t want to say variety because it’s frowned upon now, but something with people who are performing.” 

Discussing the farewell programming that Live ran in recent weeks, Philbin said: “It’s too much!” and it felt too much like “shoving it down people’s throats.” Said Philbin: I’m not retired yet, I’m just moving on.” 

He also said his departure was a business decision. “It wasn’t that ABC didn’t try to negotiate with me,” Philbin told the Post. “As it happens in this business, sometimes you don’t really like the terms so you just walk away with that in mind.”

Sources previously told The Hollywood Reporter that Philbin decided to leave due to a mix of reasons, including pay issues and the hope to get out of the daily grind. 

Asked about Katie Couric’s $10 bet that Philbin would cry on his last show, the TV legend quipped: “Well, she never paid me,” Regis said. “I’m still looking for a $10 bill somewhere.”


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