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On Nov. 18, Regis Philbin gave his emotional goodbye to Live! With Regis & Kelly. Philbin revealed in an interview, though, that he is already looking to keep his television career going, revealing that he hopes to start a prime time family talent show.
“We’re contemplating a show that is sort of a talent show, but it involves the whole family...a family competition, which is something new in our business. It’s going to be on prime time when it happens,” the 80-year-old Philbin told The New York Post’s Page Six. Philbin said that he has joined forces with former Live! director Barry Glazer, City Island executive producer Edward Walson and Writers Guild Awards executive producer Cort Cassidy to create RAF Productions to work on the project.
Philbin, who last appeared in prime time as the host of the first season of America’s Got Talent, has also been contacted by Gangland producer Michael Manshel about possibly reviving the variety show format.
Philbin said that he likes the variety format, but he would not call it a genuine variety show because of the genre’s current lack of popularity. “In our business you don’t want to say variety because it’s frowned upon now, but something with people who are performing,” he said.
In the interview, Philbin also criticized Live!’s week of farewell shows, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He called it “too much” and that it felt like the show was shoving his departure “down people’s throats.”
After he left the show, Philbin began touring the country to promote How I Got This Way, his best-selling memoir.