Don’t cry for Regis Philbin, who is leaving Live tomorrow after 28 years. He may just jump to MTV’s Jersey Shore!
“I’d like to join the cast of Jersey Shore, but only if I could have the nicknames of The Satisfaction or The Medication,” the TV icon, 80, tells me during his tribute event held at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. “No nicknames, no Regis.”
He adds, “They’ve all got nicknames. This, That, The This, The That. I said ‘Wait a minute. The Situation? [I’ll be] The Satisfaction. And then finally the wife gets involved, and from there it became The Medication.”
For Regis, biding time at the Jersey Shore house would be a fun time.
“I had them on my show many, many times. They’re really characters, and they’re good kids. It’s great to see lightning strike in our business, where all of a sudden, these kids became major stars in America. It’s really something.”
Kidding aside, Kelly Ripa's sidekick is ready to relax.
“I don’t have any plans. I really don’t. I’ve got to go out and sell my book that I’ve written. I’ve got three weeks on the road, going to the bookstores, and then there’s Christmas and Happy New Year. I’ve got a couple of these gigs coming up.”
Before he ends his stint on the show, he has a final wish.
“I’d love to have Barbra Streisand, but she’s unavailable.”
As for the identity of the lucky star who will fill his seat?
“Oh, I have no idea,” he tells me. “That’s going to be a very particular situation that they’re all going to have to discuss, and Kelly’s going to have to sit there and work with them a couple of days and see if there’s something there, because it’s very delicate. That’s a show where it’s all ad-libbed. You’ve got to be patient and let the other person, your other co-host – do a little talking, and so on.”
Jerry Seinfeld will join Kelly in the hot seat as the first guest co-host next week.