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Is Regis Philbin Reuniting With Kathie Lee On Today PERMANENTLY?

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Wow! Guess they're really banking on the nostalgia factor here!

Despite only just officially retiring from Live! back in November, Regis Philbin was apparently such a hit when he reunited with his former co-host Kathie Lee Gifford while guest-hosting the fourth hour of The Today Show that he's now being courted as the frontrunner to permanently replace Hoda Kotb when SHE replaces Ann Curry!

Phew! Did ya get all that?! LOLz!

According to a source on the show:

"[Executives at NBC] absolutely love Regis, and want to formally sign him to become a special contributor to Today and work with the network on entertainment specials. If Hoda is chosen to become Matt Lauer's co-anchor, Regis would be the natural choice to replace her. Kathie Lee and Regis have a long history together from their days of working together on their own show, Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee. The two have remained very good friends in the years since both left the show."

Hey! Makes sense to us!

And although it's not EXACTLY retirement, it sounds like it would be a lighter workload for him…especially because of his already built-in relationship with the co-host! We all saw how seamlessly those two got back into the swing of things last week!

Not to mention the kind of RATINGS this would pull!

Sounds like a sure-fire - and pretty RAD - hit!

What do U think?? Do U want to see Regis back with Kathie Lee full-time??

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13 comments to “Is Regis Philbin Reuniting With Kathie Lee On Today PERMANENTLY?”

  1. 1

    That would be great. Regis is awesome! Why they let him leave Live is a mystery. Without him, that show suuuuucks now.

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  3. NewYorker says – reply to this


    This is an excellent idea! Reunite Regis w/Kathie Lee & promote Hoda to co-anchor!! I love Regis & Hoda!!

  4. 4

    This is a terrible idea - you can't go back in time to recapture a lost moment. Their schtik worked when she babbled on about her young kids and he'd be the old curmudgeon, etc. Wouldn't work anymore - it'd come across as forced and trying to act the way they did years ago. The magic's gone. Move on to something new & fresh.

  5. Whoa says – reply to this


    Kathie Lee is so hard to watch, Regis and Hoda would be better.

  6. 6

    Regis and Hoda…not HER. I stopped watching her on Live because everything coming out of her mouth was "Cody, Cody and Cassidy Cassidy". It was like her children were perfect…UGH not again.

  7. Ashley says – reply to this


    Once again you got your facts wrong Perez. Regis NEVER said he was retiring he just said he was "moving on" from the talk show to new ventures. Anyway I think it would be an amazing choice. There both great together and I watch a clip online when they were hosting and loved it

  8. 8

    I watched when he co-hosted last week and thought it wasn't very good. Keep Kathie Lee and Hoda together and put Samantha with Matt.

  9. 9

    I meant Savannah, not Samantha.

  10. 10

    That would be a real kick in the balls to Gelman & the rest of the gang over at "Live with Kelly".

  11. 11

    The chemistry between Regis and KLG is light years more entertaining than with Kelly. Love Regis and it was getting a bit boring with Kelly pulling faces if Regis wasn't up to date with what teeny boppers were up to. NBC should give it a try. Even Hoda seems to try to be too young and hip for KLG. This could work.

  12. cari says – reply to this


    Regis would not last an afternoon. I remember the years they were together and he most times couldn't hide his disdain for her. I think she exacerbated him. First, the drinking and loose lips won't fly in front of him. Second, he'll be rolling his eyes at her arrogance/stupidity so much we'll all think he fell asleep. yeah…not going to happen. These years for him should be about relaxing and enjoying family. Not on eggshells listening to her make up shit about hers.

  13. Jules says – reply to this


    no,HELL NO! GAG! I LOVE Hoda, Kathy Lee leaving would be a relief. Hoda is entertaining cohosting with just about anyone, KLG needs to shut up & go away, along with Regis, it's time to fade away….. Please!