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The musical chairs game at NBC’s Today Show could have a new player according to reports. After the former co-hosts reunited on Today last week, a new report suggests that Regis Philbin could reunite with Kathie Lee Gifford full time.
Now that Hoda Kotb is reportedly in the running to replace Ann Curry as the co-anchor of Today, NBC would need someone to replace her on Today’s fourth hour, which she co-hosts with Gifford.
A source told RadarOnline on Monday that Philbin, 81, could be reunited with Gifford full time to replace Kotb.
The executives at NBC “absolutely love Regis, and want to formally sign him to become a special contributor to Today and work with the network on entertainment specials. If Hoda is chosen to become Matt Lauer's co-anchor, Regis would be the natural choice to replace her,” the source told the site, adding that the former Live! With Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford hosts are still friends.
However, The New York Post caught up with Philbin, who said that he probably wouldn’t be able to do a show five days a week. “I never gave it another thought and all of the sudden these things are happening at NBC one day after another,” he said.
“I haven’t heard a word but I never thought it would come up again,” he added about whether he knew there were talks about him joining the show or not. “Five days a week . . . I don’t know if I like doing that.”
However, if Savannah Guthrie replaces Curry, as TMZ is now reporting as a certainty, NBC won’t have to find anyone to replace Kotb.
Philbin will be hosting NBC’s Fourth of July special this year.