Jerry To Replace Philbin – Jerry Seinfeld will step in and replace Regis Philbin on Nov. 18 as a guest host on “Live! with Kelly.” Some of them include actor Jason Segal, actress Kim Cattrall, comedian Howie Mandel, Jamie Oliver and even a puppet, Miss Piggy.
After 28 years, the 80-year-old talk show host released a statement about his departure from the show. “There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera, especially certain old people,” Philbin said in a statement.
“I’m not calling it quits, you understand,” he said on the show. “I’m moving on. I’m not retiring. I’m not quitting. I’m moving on,” he added.
Jerry Seinfeld will be the first to step in and replace the retiring host, and will join co-host Kelly Ripa for three days, from Nov 21-23.
Philbin said in an interview with a Detroit radio show that some people took the difficulty of his job for granted.
“You don’t know how difficult it is to keep a situation going on a show like that has no writers, that has no meetings,” he stated. “You just go out there and you do it. I could do that because I’ve done it for 50 years, that’s the way that I like to do it. But that doesn’t mean it’s right for everybody else.”
In his first major foray back into the media since the finale of Seinfeld, Jerry co-wrote and co-produced the film Bee Movie, also taking on the lead role of Barry B. Benson. In February 2010, Seinfeld premiered a reality TV series called The Marriage Ref on NBC. Jerry was more recently directing Colin Quinn in the Broadway show Long Story Short at the Helen Hayes Theater in New York which ran until January 8, 2011.
The name of the show will replace Regis with “Live! with Kelly,” but will continue its current broadcasting schedule of 9 a.m. EST as the new guest hosts step in and replace a legend.