Regis Philbin will soon be the center of another talk show. It’s been revealed that the 81-year-old television personality is going to host the new show “Crowd Goes Wild” when it premieres on cable channel Fox Sports 1 on Aug. 19.
Apparently talking about sports is something that Philbin wishes he could have done more of on “Live With,” but his co-hosts and bosses weren’t having it. “I could talk about what I’d seen last night at Yankee Stadium or something like that, and Kathie Lee’s eyes would start to get scared,” Philbin says at a Manhattan news conference, via the Associated Press. “Talk about something else, a football game that was so hot this Sunday, and Kelly would just not care at all. And [executive producer Michael] Gelman would say, ‘What are you talking about?'”
“Crowd Goes Wild” will feature Philbin chatting with guests who are both celebrities and athletes on the show. It is described as a “sports entertainment show” versus a “sports news show,” and thus the talk will be light hearted and funny in nature. During the premiere episode, two-time Super Bowl champion defensive lineman Trevor Pryce, tennis player-turned-comedian Michael Kosta, Wall Street Journal reporter Jason Gay and Sky Sports anchor Georgie Thompson.