Reunion alert! Regis Philbin is joining ‘The Today Show’ as a special contributor– reuniting him with his former talk show co-host Kathie Lee Gifford!
So much morning talk show nostalgia. On July 9, Regis Philbin, 83, dropped by The Today Show before he was officially confirmed as a special contributor, joining fourth-hour hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. The news bring Regis back to daytime TV, following his retirement from Live with Regis and Kelly in 2011. Thrillingly, Regis’s Today stint also brings him back together with Kathie Lee, with whom he hosted Live for 15 years before he was joined by Kelly Rippa back in 2000!
We’re definitely excited to see Reg get back to his talk show roots, but we’re pretty sure Kathie Lee is even more pumped than we are! “I’ve been asking for a long, long time if Regis can come be with me and Hoda,” she said, speaking to Closer. “I’m so excited. We are just such great buds.” Well that’s definitely clear.
Before the gig was even official, Regis was also on board. “I’m not doing anything right now, so if she needs me, I’m there,” he said, speaking about his longtime friend. Though details are still somewhat scarce on how frequently we’ll be seeing the Reg, his first official appearance was so perfect, we’re kinda hoping it’s every day.
Beginning backstage, the announcer introduced Kathie Lee and Hoda– only it wasn’t Hoda. It was Regis! Kathie Lee wastes no time welcoming her now costar the only way she knew how: by offering him red wine, of course!
Are you guys happy to see Regis reunite with Kathie Lee?
— Casey Mink