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Regis Philbin; TV Broadcasting Cultural Icon!
As the face to which millions of Americans wake up every morning, Regis Philbin has become a cultural icon in television broadcasting. The energetic host of the a.m. talker "Live with Regis and Kelly" took his daytime success to primetime in 1999 with "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," and again in 2004 with "Super Millionaire." Since Philbin first stepped in front of the camera 40 years ago, he has ambitiously tackled talk shows, game shows, the literary world, and even the fashion industry. In May 2001, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored him with a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Game Show Host for "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," and another Emmy as Outstanding Talk Show Host for his syndicated, "Live with REgis." Most recently, Philbin and "Live" were nominated for Outstanding Talk Show Host and Outstanding Talk Show for the 2004 Daytime Emmy Awards. Early in his career, Philbin took "A.M. Los Angeles" from the bottom of the ratings to number one, where the show remained throughout his seven-year tenture. At the national level, he served as Joery Bishop's sidekick on the "Today Joe Bishop Show" and helped "The Regis Philbin Show," a daily 30-minute program that received an Emmy for Outstanding Daytime Variety Series.
Entering its 18th season in national syndication, "Live with REgis and Kelly" originated in 1983 when Philbin created "The Morning Show" for WABC in his native MAnhattan. It quickly became the number one show in the market. Kathie Lee Gifford joined him in June 1985, and in September 1988 the program debuted in national syndication and the title was changed to "Live with REgis & Kathie Lee." In 2001, Philbin was joined by co-host Kelly Ripa, and the program entered a new era as "Live with Regis and Kelly." In 2001, Philbin received a TV Guide Award as Personality of the Year and a Broadcasting & Cable Lifetime Achievement Award. He also was presented with a Crystal Apple Award from New york City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for his contributions to the New York television industry. Most recently, Philbin received the Walter Camp "Distinguished American Award" at Yale University and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A native of New York City, Philbin is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received an honorary doctorate of law degree for his contributions to Notre Dame and South Bend. Regis and his wife Joy have two grown daughters, Joanna and Jennifer.
Ringing In the New Year With Regis
Happy New Year, Carson Daly, but face it: You're no Regis Philbin.
In the battle of dueling prime-time New Year's Eve specials last week, Philbin, subbing for an ailing Dick Clark on ABC, drew about 8 million viewers, nearly twice the audience for Daly's first-ever New Year's Eve appearance on NBC.
Don't tell Dick, but Rege also delivered ABC's best prime-time numbers on New Year's Eve since 2001. (Numbers for late-night Dec. 31 programming will be released tomorrow.)
CBS won a holiday week in the Nielsen ratings race that saw viewership down significantly as audiences abandoned their clickers for noisemakers. The network averaged 10 million viewers, followed closely by ABC with 9.7 million. NBC drew 8.5 million, far ahead of Fox's 5.5 million.
Regis Fills the Vacuum While Others Look for an Edge
The orange hats were bothering Regis Philbin. They were puffy, pompommed and jester-style, and the Discover Card company had managed to distribute them early on to what looked like three-quarters of the million people reported to be in Times Square last night.
In bird's-eye shots, Broadway appeared to be crawling with ladybugs - Discover-branded ladybugs. And so Mr. Philbin's producer worried that they were wrecking the shots, or at least the dominance that ABC wanted to be sure to express in Times Square, on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," which this year was missing Dick Clark.
"I never saw so many orange hats in my life!" Mr. Philbin remarked.
Mr. Philbin, who had been selected by Mr. Clark to fill in for him as Mr. Clark stayed home recovering from a stroke, looked surprisingly nervous. Though he holds the record for most hours spent on television, he is rarely out among rowdy crowds. As he explained from his balloon-framed desk in a climate-controlled studio above Times Square (he wore a tuxedo, no topcoat): "One of the pointers I've learned from Dick is to stay inside here. And let the kids work the street and talk to all those" - he paused - "happy people."
The other thing bothering him was Rod Stewart. Before cutting to a taped performance by Mr. Stewart at the Royal Albert Hall in London, he groused, "His CD's go to No. 1 on the charts before they're even released, and that burns me up."
Why? Because Mr. Philbin released his own album this year, "When You're Smiling," as he repeatedly reminded us.
Maybe it's a good thing that Mr. Clark, who is a master at generating enthusiasm for musical acts, isn't a musician himself.
In Rockefeller Plaza, on NBC, Carson Daly - in black gloves, a black coat and a red-striped scarf - had his own problems. For one, he wasn't in Times Square, where New Year's Eve has been celebrated for 100 years since 1904.
Broadcasting on New Year's Eve for the first time, Mr. Daly explained NBC's choice of location. (For television viewers, that is; the live audience would know 30 Rock as the site of NBC's headquarters.) Rockefeller Plaza, he said, is "New York's most glamorous address." As if he knew that didn't sound quite true, he added that it's only five minutes to Times Square, if you're walking.
It was a nice television showdown, really: old versus young; tradition versus novelty; indoors versus out; and Times Square versus Rockefeller Plaza. Rockefeller Plaza, with its oversized tree, has long been identified with Christmas. This was the first year it made a move on New Year's Eve. Mr. Daly's other name for the plaza was Holiday Central. Sounds like a seasonal rivalry is in the works. Will Times Square get a tree next year?
In all, Mr. Daly, who went off the air an hour before the ball fell, was much more in his element. And live drop-bys by people like Adam Sandler kept things lively.
Over on Fox, Ryan Seacrest fumbled around, pulling off a dull show characterized by too many top 10 lists. On CNN, however, Anderson Cooper managed some good counterprogramming by bringing in some actual news. In an interview with Secretary of State Colin Powell, who with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg pushed the button that finally dropped the ball that kicked off 2005, Mr. Cooper confronted Mr. Powell about the money the United States intends to pledge as aid to victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.
"Three hundred and 50 million," Mr. Powell said proudly, as people screamed around him.
"We're generous," he added. "That's the kind of people we are."
Cool Regis is the ideal substitute host
Television has had only two genuine Mr. New Year's Eve titleholders -- Guy Lombardo and Dick Clark. It's getting to be time for Clark, 75, to surrender the mantle. But not even a stroke suffered Dec. 6 will accelerate the timetable. The "world's oldest teenager" simply isn't ready to spend every New Year's Eve at home just yet.
Clark hoped his recovery would proceed rapidly enough for him to make his 33rd consecutive appearance describing the descent of the ball in Times Square for ABC. Doctors allowed him to entertain this notion for a few days before ruling it out as too much, too soon. In fact, recent estimates are that Clark, whose recovery is said to be going well, will remain hospitalized through the holiday season.
With rival networks offering younger-targeted challenges, Clark, who also produces the special, didn't need to create a youthful rival for the ABC gig: He needed someone available on short notice. He made the logical call, to 73-year-old Regis Philbin, a native New Yorker with ties to ABC. (In addition to fronting the now sporadically scheduled Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Philbin's morning show, Live With Regis and Kelly, is based in ABC studios in midtown Manhattan.)
Philbin, who is said to have done more live TV than anyone else, rarely says no, especially to a live show. "It makes my juices flow," he says. In addition to his five-days-a-week morning show and busy concert appearance agenda, he answered a call from Donald Trump to host the live finale of The Apprentice, and he and his TV partner, Kelly Ripa, did their usual duties at Disney World's Christmas parade, which is pre-taped. Fronting Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve allows him to score a sweep of the year-end holidays.
Philbin was unfazed by the schedule-juggling he had to do. He and his wife, Joy, had planned a Caribbean vacation, but the opportunity to fill in for Clark was such an honor, he said, it is worth the hassles. He'll interrupt his holiday to fly back from the islands on Dec. 30, in time for a quick pre-show run-through. Then he'll wing back to the tropics within hours of 2005 arriving.
He'll be flying solo. Clark has created a recent custom of having his wife join him in Times Square, but Joy Philbin will remain on the beach, her husband says.
Despite being born in the Big Apple and having relocated back there after many years on the West Coast, Philbin has never been to Times Square on New Year's Eve. "I watch every year but I've never actually been there," he said. He won't exactly be in the crush. The show will originate, as it has in recent years, from the glassed-in studios of Good Morning America. Clark decided a few years ago it was foolish to expose himself to the elements when a comfy studio in the heart of Times Square was at his disposal, co-producer Larry Klein said.
Philbin is the ideal substitute host in another way. He's probably the hippest septuagenarian around, so uncool he's really cool, a status cemented by the fact that he's David Letterman's favorite guest. Philbin joked that he's going to ask Dave to reciprocate on New Year's Eve, although there's more chance the illuminated ball will go up instead of down.
He will still have plenty of company, although most of it will be on tape. A bevy of trendy acts, including Ashlee Simpson, Big & Rich, Ciara, Fabolous, Billy Idol and Earth, Wind & Fire are scheduled. Philbin, who recently released a CD of standards, might favor more traditional acts but he says he is familiar with the work of many of them from appearances on his morning show.
Clark's absence will be noted, Klein said, but there will be no tributes. This is about the arrival of a new year, not the end of an era, he said. "Dick will be back next year."
Regis Philbin to co-host "The Apprentice" finale
"Trumpster" and Regis will be together again during NBC's three hour "Apprentice" finale event on December 16 from 8pm-11pm ET. Regis will co-host a portion of the live telecast from Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall including the cast reunion. Either Jennifer Massey or Kelly Perdew will be appointed Donald Trump's next "Apprentice" during the broadcast.
"Regis Philbin has been one of my closest friends for more than 20 years. He is a legend in the business and I personally invited him to join me in hosting 'The Apprentice' three hour finale," said Donald Trump. "It will be great to incorporate his expertise at hosting live events and I know we are also going to have fun together."
"I'm very happy that NBC asked me to be a part of the 'Apprentice' finale," said Regis Philbin. "It's one of the biggest shows of the year and I'm honored to be with my pal Donald Trump, the hottest guy in the business. Me and the Trumpster, what a team."
Also featured in the taped portion of the finale are Tony Bennett, NBA Commissioner David Stern, Bob Lanier and 16 of the NBA's rising stars. Bennett throws a kink into Kelly's organization of The Genworth Trump Polo Cup with a last minute benefit performance while Jennifer struggles to wrangle 16 NBA stars for The Genworth Charity Basketball Classic and is missing a host for her event. "Fired" Apprenti John, Raj and Elizabeth worked for Kelly and Pamela, Chris and Stacy R. were hired by Jennifer.
The 16 NBA stars featured on "The Apprentice" are: Shandon Anderson, Jason Collins, Juan Dixon, Michael Finley, Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes, Mark Jackson, Brevin Knight, Corey Maggette, Amal McCaskill, Dikembe Mutombo, Morris Peterson, Tayshaun Prince, Kareem Rush, Amare Stoudemire and Dwayne Wade.
After more than 40 years in front of the camera, Regis Philbin has become a cultural icon in television broadcasting. The Emmy-winning host of the top-rated talker "Live with Regis and Kelly" took his daytime success to primetime in 1999 with "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," and again in 2004 with "Super Millionaire." In his long career, he has ambitiously tackled talk shows, game shows, the literary world, the fashion industry, and most recently the music world with his new album, "When You're Smiling."
"The Apprentice" is produced by Mark Burnett Productions in association with Trump Productions LLC. Mark Burnett, Donald Trump and Jay Bienstock are executive producers. Conrad Riggs and Kevin Harris are co-executive producers. Al Berman is executive producer of the live broadcast December 16.
Regis and Donald, what a great team to watch
New Year's Eve will be televised without Dick Clark for the first time in 33 years. The TV icon, who is in a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a stroke last week, will not host ABC's annual "New Year's Rockin' Eve" orgy of retro-ness. Regis Philbin will fill in for him.
In a statement issued yesterday by his publicist, the 75-year-old Clark is quoted as saying: "It'll feel strange watching it on TV but my doctors felt it was too soon. I'm sure Regis will do a great job and I'm thankful that he was able to step in on such short notice."
In April, Clark announced he had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the '90s. He said he was going public with his condition to let people know that the disease puts them at an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. His publicist, Paul Shefrin, has declined to discuss details of Clark's condition, the Associated Press reports, except to say that "things get a little better every day" and that "his brain is 100 percent. His brain is not an issue at all."
ABC -- which last week, when asked if it had backup plans, said it hoped Clark would recover quickly -- yesterday issued a statement assuring the American public that the network has not wavered from its position re Clark recovering speedily. It added that it is willing to commit, on the record, to being "thrilled" that Philbin has agreed "to fill in at the last moment to help give [Clark] the time to make that happen."
At least one paper had speculated that ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel would fill in for Clark. But Clark's New Year's Eve show averages about 20 million viewers, while Kimmel snags only about 1.7 million. Philbin, on the other hand, used to rake in about 20 million on ABC's prime-time lineup during the glory days of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
In one of those bits of bad timing, NBC announced yesterday that Philbin would co-host the contestant reunion portion of Thursday's season finale of its reality series "The Apprentice," appearing with "The Trumpster," as NBC has taken to calling show star Donald Trump.
Anyone who watched the live reunion portion of the show's first edition would understand why the network has added a co-host. But, in the news release, NBC let it be the Trumpster's idea:
"Regis Philbin has been one of my closest friends for more than 20 years," Trump is quoted as saying. "He is a legend in the business and I personally invited him to join me in hosting 'The Apprentice' three-hour finale. . . . It will be great to incorporate his expertise at hosting live events and I know we are also going to have fun together."
"Me and the Trumpster, what a team," added Philbin.
Regis has the greatest temp job in the world as host for New Years Eve festivities
Regis Philbin will take over hosting duties for ABC's annual New Year's Eve festivities as Dick Clark continues to recover from a stroke.
Clark, 75, suffered a mild stroke last week. He's expected to make a full recovery and had hoped to be well in time to host "New Year's Rockin' Eve" for the 33rd consecutive year. His doctors, though, put the brakes on such a speedy comeback.
"I'm so glad that Regis hadn't yet made any New Year's plans," Clark quips. "It'll feel strange watching it on TV, but my doctors felt it was too soon. I'm sure Regis will do a great job, and I'm thankful that he was able to step in on such short notice."
The 73-year-old Philbin, who holds the Guinness world record for most time in front of television cameras, calls the New Year's gig "the greatest temp job in the world."
"I just hope I can uphold the standards Dick Clark has set for this annual event, and I look forward to his return next year," he says.
Philbin will host the "New Year's Rockin' Eve" show from New York; pop star Ashlee Simpson will do the honors for portions of the show from the West Coast. Big & Rich, Ciara, Good Charlotte, Simple Plan and Billy Idol are among the musical acts scheduled for the show.
''Life with Regis and Alicia'' ?
Alicia Keys will join Regis Philbin as guest host Dec. 22 on "Live With Regis and Kelly" while the daytime talk show's co-host, Kelly Ripa, is on vacation.
On Tuesday, Keys was nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including album of the year for "The Diary of Alicia Keys." Her 2001 debut album, "Songs in A Minor," won the R&B singer five Grammys. Keys, 23, recently published "Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics."
Regis and Kelly will host the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade
Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa will join Mickey and the gang, when they host the annual Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade, airing on ABC on Christmas Day at a new time this year: 1pm ET, 12pm CT, 11am MT, and 3pm PT. The parade is a 21-year television tradition that celebrates the season with an unprecedented range of talent, including Regis and Kelly, Julie Andrews, SHeDaisy, Raven, Christy Carlson-Romano, Eva Longoria, Ashanti, the Muppets, Faith Ford, Ted McGinley, Patrick Warburton, George Lopez, Constance Marie, Meredith Vieira, Zach Braff, and more.
Madame Tussaud's honors Regis with wax double
An exact double of Regis is featured in the Madame Tussaud's New York wax museum. To create the amazing likeness, artists from Tussaud's Group of London took more than 250 precise measurements and more than 150 photographs. Dental impressions and hand casts were made, eye color was matched, and hair samples were taken. For the perfect finish, Regis donated clothing and shoes. The prestigious collection of nearly 200 notables includes a virtual "Who's Who" of motion picture, television, sports, and music personalities, as well as world leaders and influential historical and social personalities. The $50 million interactive Madame Tussaud's New York is located at 234 West 42nd Street in New York City. Stop by and say hello to the new Regis.
Regis Philbin Is Recognized For Setting The Guinness World Record for Most Hours On Camera!
On Friday, August 23, 2004 Regis Philbin was awarded the Guinness World Record for most hours on American television! Regis' television career has tallied a total 15,188 hours! This was announced just before Regis entered his 17th season of "Live."
October 11, 2004.
He’s one of TV’s most popular personalities, host of one of the most popular game shows in history, and a bestselling author, but what Regis Philbin has always wanted to do most is sing. Now, 36 years after his 1968 bow, It’s Time for Regis!, Philbin released his Hollywood Records debut, When You’re Smiling, in September. Said Bob Cavallo, chairman of the Buena Vista Music Group, “We could not be more delighted to release Regis’ album. This collection, which includes some of the greatest songs in American pop music, is not only a tribute to the artists who have influenced him, it provides a showcase for Regis’ warm and inviting voice.” Regis covers some of the timeless classics he grew with as a boy, listening to Bing Crosby. There were two half-hour programs featuring Crosby songs every day. Later, Dean Martin had a 15-minute radio show in the evenings. These were the two favorites who became major influences in his life. His first record buy was Bing’s “Swinging on a Star.” The second was one of Dean’s early records, “One Foot in Heaven.” Among the songs he croons on the new disc, produced by acclaimed producer/singer Steve Tyrell (A New Standard, Rod Stewart), is Bing’s “Pennies From Heaven,” which Regis performed live on at least two memorable, life-changing occasions. Once was for his shell-shocked parents, who had traveled through a midwestern thunderstorm to visit him at his graduation from Notre Dame. They were expecting to hear about the great life plans their son, who they’d struggled to put through school, had made. He surprised them with, “What I want to do with the rest of my life – is to be a singer.” Confronted with his parents’ disappointment and respectful of their sacrifices, Regis made a fateful, responsible choice – he would be a talker on television. The second time was an impromptu performance for Bing Crosby during the legendary singer’s appearance on The Joey Bishop Show, where Philbin was the comic's sidekick. That performance led directly to his first album, a recording for Mercury Records. It gave him a taste of the music business and led to his developing a nightclub act, but the responsibility and demands of his family and career precluded further recordings. Both a favorite song and a lucky charm throughout Regis’ life, he’s included a new version of "Pennies From Heaven" on When You’re Smiling, completing the cycle.
When You’re Smiling also features Philbin’s versions of standards like “It Had to Be You,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” live favorite “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “You Made Me Love You,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and a duet with wife Joy, “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” Philbin’s version of “Toora Loora Loora,” originally sung by Bing Crosby in the 1944 classic Going My Way, recalls the time Crosby sang it for Philbin at the behest of Bishop, who told the great crooner it would be the thrill of his lifetime, and it was.
“These songs tell stories in two to three minutes with their lyrics,” says Regis. “If you grow up with this kind of music, it’s a part of your life you never forget. Tony Bennett once said these songwriters are to this generation what the classical Greek poets were to theirs.”
Regis has performed his singing and comedy nightclub act through the years, initially opening for Steve and Eydie, Tony Bennett and Don Rickles, and then becoming a headliner on his own in the big rooms.
His Emmy-winning television career spans more than four decades, beginning with local television on the West Coast and continuing through multiple national shows on network, cable and in syndication, to his blockbuster successes today: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Super Millionaire, and, of course, his top-rated daily entertainment talk show, Live with Regis and Kelly.
With his new Hollywood Records album, it’s the start of yet another career for one of the busiest men in show business.
Regis Philbin likes 7-UP
New 7 UP PLUS (TM) - a revolutionary combination of 7 UP, real fruit juice, calcium and vitamin C with a mixed berry flavor - is launching two commercials, showcasing the fun-loving personalities of Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa from Live with Regis and Kelly, and Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon from Sex and the City. The two entertaining spots, developed by Young & Rubicam feature a tagline that reflects the beverage's distinctive qualities: "When you add it all up, the only way to go is UP."
Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa co-hosted a private screening of the ad campaign on October 19th at the new Great Jones Spa in New York City. The 15,000-square-foot, multi-level spa, is featured in the "Pampering" spot. Guests at the event received their own pampering with 7 UP PLUS-inspired beauty treatments and massages while learning more about the new beverage from nutritionist and author Liz Weiss, MS, RD.
Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa are featured in a whimsical spot called "Mothers." Ripa, is seated on a New York City playground bench next to a fellow mother, while their "kids" play. The other mother asks, "How is that?", and Ripa confides, "Great! All my kids love it -especially my oldest." Philbin is then revealed, gleefully riding a child-sized rocker while dressed in a suit and tie.
Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon star in a similar tongue-in-cheek ad, called "Pampering." Davis and Nixon, are luxuriously lounging in their bathrobes at an upscale New York City spa while being served 7 UP PLUS by a very attractive male waiter. Davis then spots another handsome attendee approaching and says innocently to Nixon, "Looks like our lunch has arrived." After noticing the server, Nixon replies mischievously, "and he brought grapes," as the two share a laugh.
Regis Philbin will make a guest appearence in the hit comedy ''Hope & Faith''
Regis Philbin will reprise the role he created last season on ABC's hit comedy, "Hope & Faith." He will again play the over-the-top car dealer, 'Handsome Hal,' opposite his nemesis and "Live with Regis and Kelly" co-star, Kelly Ripa. The episode will be taped the week of December 6.
"Hope & Faith" stars Faith Ford as Hope, Kelly Ripa as Faith, Ted McGinley as Charley, Megan Fox as Sydney, Macey Cruthird as Hayley and Paulie Litt as Justin.
Philbin, whose CD, "When You're Smiling," was just released, was recently recognized for setting the Guinness World Record for Most Hours on Camera, having logged more than 15,000 hours ("Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," "The Joey Bishop Show," "The Regis Philbin Show," "The Morning Show," "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee," etc.) on television.