UPDATED: The show Regis Philbin will be hosting for the new Fox cable network — Fox Sports 1 — will be called “Rush Hour,” and it will air live from New York every weekday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (4-5c). Fox Sports made the announcement Tuesday afternoon as part of a wider announcement about the creation of the new cable channel, which will replace the Speed channel next August. The Philbin show is described this way in the Fox announcement: “Originating in New York City, Regis leads the charge along with a panel of sports professionals, celebrity guests and die-hard fans in this brand new, unpredictable, talk show.” Will it indeed by “unpredictable”? We’ll have to wait until next summer to find out. Meanwhile, read how Regis made his own announcement Monday on “The View” below.
PREVIOUSLY: Regis Philbin let the cat out of the bag a day before his new bosses at Fox Sports were set to announce that he’ll host a show on a new cable sports network.
Philbin gave few details of the new show, other than confirming the rumor that had been around for a while that he would be coming back to talk TV as host of a talk show on a new national sports channel that will replace the auto-racing cable channel known as Speed, which is owned by Fox parent News Corp.
The folks at Fox were due to announce the new show — and others — Tuesday afternoon in New York.
But Philbin caved in to intense pressure from Barbara Walters and Elisabeth Hasselbeck on “The View” on Monday morning as the two hammered away at him about the talk-show rumors. Walters, in her first day back on “The View” following a bout with chicken pox, asked the question first, and then Hasselbeck followed up. “On the tails of Barbara’s question, are you doing another show?” Hasselbeck asked. “Can we look forward to that?”
“Yeah, I think I will be doing another show,” Regis answered nervously. “It hasn’t been announced yet!”
Then Walters demanded: “Announce it!”
Which is when Philbin caved. “Fox is starting a sports channel,” he admitted. “Everybody’s starting a sports channel — nothing but 24 hours of sports. ESPN has been dynamite so everybody’s gotta have their own sports channel!”
However, Philbin revealed nothing else about the show nor answered any of the key questions that arise from his announcement that he’s getting a talk show on a cable sports channel, including: What’s Regis Philbin doing on a sports channel? And, will he only interview sports figures?
Philbin, 81, was on the show to welcome back Walters, 83, after her long sabbatical due to illness. The show’s other in-studio guest was “Two and a Half Men” star Holland Taylor, 70.