Regis Philbin Eyes New Primetime Show

Regis Philbin Eyes Primetime Show – Regis Philbin is eyeing for a bigger primetime talent show geared to the whole family, he told the New York Post’s Page Six. 

Philbin, who hosted the first season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, has formed RAF Productions with former Live With Regis and Kathie Lee director Barry Glazer, City Island executive producer Edward Walson and Writers Guild Awards executive producer Cort Cassidy, it reported.

“We’re contemplating a show that is sort of a talent show, but it involves the whole family,” Regis, 80, stated. He added that it would be “a family competition, which is something new in our business.”

The Post also said that he has been contacted by Gangland producer Michael Manshel about other concepts, including reviving the variety TV format. 

“[An] entertainment type of show would appeal to me,” the TV legend said. “In our business you don’t want to say variety because it’s frowned upon now, but something with people who are performing.” 

Discussing the farewell programming that Live ran in recent weeks, the TV host said: “It’s too much!” and it felt too much like “shoving it down people’s throats,” he said. “I’m not retired yet, I’m just moving on.” 

Regis also said his departure was a business decision. “It wasn’t that ABC didn’t try to negotiate with me,” he told the Post. “As it happens in this business, sometimes you don’t really like the terms so you just walk away with that in mind.”

And asked about Katie Couric’s $10 bet that Philbin would cry on his last show, “Well, she never paid me,” Philbin quipped. “I’m still looking for a $10 bill somewhere.”