Regis Philbin in Talks for New Show Sports Business Daily
Veteran TV personality Regis Philbin, who left the spotlight when he exited “Live with Regis and Kelly,” apparently misses it and wants back in TV.
Sports Business Daily reports that the Emmy winner has been in talks to host a show on the upcoming Fox Sports 1 channel. The channel is News Corp.’s anticipated rebranding of Speed.
“Fox and Philbin have not agreed on a deal yet, but sources say talks are serious and an agreement could be close at hand,” the story reports. “Fox declined to comment on the rumors, but sources say Philbin would serve as the main host of a show that would look like a sports version of ‘The View,’ with Philbin serving in the Barbara Walters role as the part-time host.”
Philbin is well known to be a sports fan, and the show would reportedly be a straight-up sports show, not a hybrid of sports and entertainment.
“Sources also said that Fox has been looking into having a Jay Mohr show on Fox Sports 1,” the piece notes. “Last month, Mohr launched ‘Jay Mohr Sports’ on Fox Sports Radio. It is not clear whether Fox is considering simulcasting Mohr's radio show or having him host his own show.”
Fox Sports has not officially announced any rebranding plans, but is expected to relaunch Speed as Fox Sports 1 in August. It is anticipated that it will also rebrand the action sports channel Fuel as Fox Sports 2.