Regis Philbin returns to 'Live' in Jan.

Hip replacement surgery sidelined host in Dec.

Regis Philbin will return to work Jan. 4.

The 78-year-old talk show host has been absent from "Live with Regis and Kelly" since Nov. 30 as he underwent a hip replacement surgery.

Scheduled to appear on "Live" the week of Jan. 4 are Amy Adams, Gabourey Sidibe, Tim Allen, Jenna Elfman, Chris Meloni, Katharine McPhee and Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger.