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Regis Philbin returns to TV as Piers Morgan's guest host

May 23, 2012 | 11:30 am

Regis Philbin
Regis Philbin just can't stay away from TV. The once ubiquitous host, who's logged more hours on TV than any other broadcaster, will be back chatting up guests as a guest host on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" next Tuesday.

Morgan's executive producer, Jonathan Wald, tweeted the announcement on Tuesday and even revealed who Regis' guest would be: none other than David Letterman. Letterman is widely acknowledged to be a difficult "get" for an interview, but Philbin has a long history with Letterman, including appearing on the "Late Show" host's first show after the 9/11 attacks.

Philbin has popped up in fill-in roles a couple of times since stepping down from his "Live! With Regis and Kelly" show last November. He appeared alongside the ladies of "The View" as a guest host in April, where he engaged in an awkward conversation about bikini waxing (during which he said he'd be willing to decorate his penis with a small rhinestone).

At the time of his departure from "Live!" Philbin talked about wanting to host a family variety show in prime time as his return to TV, but there have been no further announcements about that possibility.

Letterman has only done a handful of interviews outside of his own show in recent years. He appeared on "The View" when Barbara Walters returned from her bypass surgery and he was a guest on Oprah Winfrey's daily talk show.

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— Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: Regis Philbin. Credit: Associated Press.

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