If Hoda Kotb replaces Ann Curry as Matt Lauer’s co-host on the Today show, it might mean Kathie Lee Gifford would be looking for a new drinking partner for the fourth hour…and it was only a matter of time before someone came up with this.
RadarOnline.com claims Regis Philbin is “in talks” to take Hoda’s spot which would re-team him with Kathie Lee. Of course, they did Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee together for 12 years. Just last week, Regis filled in for Hoda,, and it was Regis and Kathie Lee’s first time co-hosting a show together since Kathie Lee left “Live!” in 2000.
An anonymous “insider” says NBC executives “absolutely love Regis” and “want to formally sign him to become a special contributor and Regis would be the natural choice to replace Hoda.”
The question is, would Regis be interested in this, less than a year after retiring from his own show with Kelly Ripa? There’s no word on Regis’ thoughts officially or unofficially.
Keep in mind this assumes that Ann is being dumped and is leaving Kathie Lee and that Regis wants to spend his “retirement” riffing off Kathie Lee’s tipsy banter.