Q&A: The King of Daytime Adds a Jewel to His Crown
The word “icon” was created for Regis Philbin. The Emmy-winning co-host of syndicated morning show “Live With Regis and Kelly” is the king of daytime, attracting 4 million viewers each morning, and a prime-time prince who is drawing nearly 10 million viewers to CBS’ summer run of “Million Dollar Password,” which he hosts. TelevisionWeek National Editor Michele Greppi, who became addicted to host chat and Mr. Philbin in 1988 when “Live” went into national syndication, recently talked to the man himself, as well as the men and women who have played key roles in his life and career. ...
The Regis Dossier
Born in New York City in 1931, Regis Philbin graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1953 and served in the Navy before embarking on a career in broadcasting. He got his start as a television host on KGTV in San Diego with “The Regis Philbin Show,” but gained national recognition as a sidekick on “The Joey Bishop Show.” ...
In Their Own Words: Colleagues Dish on Regis
Jamie Bennett—Buena Vista executive who launched “Live With Regis and Kathie Lee” in syndication in 1988.
Michael Gelman—executive producer, “Live With Regis and Kelly.”
Kelly Ripa—co-host, “Live With Regis and Kelly.”
Janice Marinelli—president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television.
Art Moore—WABC-TV program director who supervises “Live With Regis and Kelly.”
Jim Griffin—executive VP and director of the William Morris Agency and Regis Philbin’s longtime agent.
Peter Lassally—executive producer, “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson,” and longtime friend of Regis Philbin.
Henry Schleiff—president and CEO, Crown Media Holdings.
Michael Davies—president and CEO, Embassy Row, and Regis Philbin’s executive producer on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” in prime time.
Joy Philbin—wife and occasional guest co-host with Regis on “Live.”
Mary Kellogg—executive in charge of the show when “Live” was launched in national syndication.