Regis Philbin returns to TV as Piers Morgan’s guest host


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Regis Philbin just can’t stay away from TV. The once ubiquitous host, who’s logged more hours on TV than any other broadcaster, will be back chatting up guests as a guest host on CNN’s ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’ next Tuesday.

Morgan’s executive producer, Jonathan Wald, tweeted the announcement on Tuesday and even revealed who Regis’ guest would be: none other than David Letterman. Letterman is widely acknowledged to be a difficult ‘get’ for an interview, but Philbin has a long history with Letterman, including appearing on the ‘Late Show’ host’s first show after the 9/11 attacks.


Philbin has popped up in fill-in roles a couple of times since stepping down from his ‘Live! With Regis and Kelly’ show last November. He appeared alongside the ladies of ‘The View’ as a guest host in April, where he engaged in an awkward conversation about bikini waxing (during which he said he’d be willing to decorate his penis with a small rhinestone).

At the time of his departure from ‘Live!’ Philbin talked about wanting to host a family variety show in prime time as his return to TV, but there have been no further announcements about that possibility.

Letterman has only done a handful of interviews outside of his own show in recent years. He appeared on ‘The View’ when Barbara Walters returned from her bypass surgery and he was a guest on Oprah Winfrey’s daily talk show.


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— Patrick Kevin Day