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Regis Stops the Show

January 18, 2009 8:40 PM

Blink has always heard what a nice guy Regis Philbin is, and director Steve Petersen tells us it’s really true—he saw it first-hand. Mr. Petersen’s production company, Big Machine Design, was taping a new opening sequence for “Live With Regis and Kelly” on location in Times Square recently when a dicey-looking stranger wandered over and accosted Mr. Philbin during the shoot. The star proceeded to conduct a “very polite and patient” conversation with the intruder—and in the course of doing so held up production for a full 10 minutes.

“We were in the middle of a tricky shot when this obviously homeless woman came up to Regis and simply started talking with him, like he was her best friend,” Mr. Petersen said. “Rather than being rude to her and brushing her off, he gave her a few minutes of attention while our crew simply waited.”

At a time like that, 10 minutes can seem like an eternity—not only to the others standing around on the set, but to Mr. Philbin himself, no doubt. Just goes to show, anything for a fan, that Reege. Oh yeah, the new opening debuted earlier this month.

—Tom Gilbert

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