Regis Hints He’ll Host a Prime-Time Talent Show

by | November 28, 2011 at 11:05 AM | Regis Philbin, TV News

Regis Philbin (Photo: Getty Images)

Regis Philbin (Photo: Getty Images)

Regis Philbin is hinting that his next move might involve a prime-time talent-competition show.

The tireless 80-year-old told the New York Post that he’s actively looking for his next gig, after leaving his long-time morning show, “Live with Regis & Kelly” (now “Live with Kelly”) earlier this month.

One project he’s looking at: A proposed prime-time talent show involving talented families competing against each other — you know, ordinary families who might sing together, for example, like “The Partridge Family” or the Osmonds.

“We’re contemplating a show that is sort of a talent show, but it involves the whole family,” Regis said. There was no word on a possible network for this show, nor whether it would ever actually get produced.

If it doesn’t, Regis said he’s also thinking about reviving the variety-show format that was once a staple of prime-time TV, but hasn’t been seen in about two decades.

He also gave some insight into why he left “Live.” “It wasn’t that ABC didn’t try to negotiate with me,” he said. “As it happens in this business, sometimes you don’t really like the terms so you just walk away with that in mind.”

And here’s something interesting: He wasn’t comfortable with all the special “farewell” material his old show produced for his final weeks. “All [that] farewell stuff that [‘Live’ executive producer Michael] Gelman ran for weeks, shoving it down people’s throats. It’s too much! People come to say goodbye . . . I’m not retired yet, I’m just moving on.”

Our take: A talent show with families competing against families? We love this idea.


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