When Regis Philbin said goodbye to morning television last November, he insisted he wasn’t retiring, per se — just changing things up. True to his word, the world-record-holding talk show host (he’s logged more on-air hours than anyone in the history of television, according Guinness World Records) will return to TV next week as a recurring guest in Rachael Ray’s kitchen.
I tried to make a distinct point that I wasn’t retiring, that I was moving on,” he told USA Today. “Everybody said ‘retired’!”
Philbin, 81, will co-host Ray’s cooking show once a month — a time commitment he’s enthused about.
It’s fun to be back on TV when you don’t have to do it every day,” he said.
Though this will be Philbin’s first recurring gig since leaving Live!, it isn’t his first time back on the tube. Philbin guest-starred as Betty White’s love interest on an episode of Hot In Cleveland last season. He’ll appear in a second episode this season, set to air on Nov. 28.
As far as appearing on the Rachael Ray Show, the gig is based more on Philbin’s charisma and chemistry with Ray than any culinary skill. Philbin insisted sandwich-making is about the extent of his kitchen repertoire.
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