Television legend Regis Philbin has been without a regular TV gig since leaving Live! With Regis and Kelly in 2011. But this summer, Reeg will return to the airwaves with a series on Fox Sports 1 — a new channel that will replace the Fox-owned Speed channel on cable.
Philbin’s new show — and Fox Sports 1’s very existence — won’t officially be announced until this afternoon. [Update: It’s official!] Still, the advent of both is one of showbusiness’s worst-kept secrets; after some prodding from Barbara Walters, Philbin spilled the beans about his upcoming project on The View yesterday. “Yes, I think I will be doing another show,” the host said vaguely before giving a few specifics: “Fox is starting a sports channel. Everybody is starting a sports channel now, you know? Nothing but 24 hours of sports … Regis is going to have a show on that.”
Philbin’s decision to reveal his plans on The View makes sense, as the New York Post reports that his Fox Sports 1 program will be a panel show inspired by Walters’s afternoon juggernaut. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire producer Michael Davies is reportedly attached to the show as well.