December 13, 2004

"Regis Philbin's New Year's Rockin' Eve '05?"

Looks like Regis Philbin will be hosting the New Year's Eve festivities on ABC in place of the recouperating Dick Clark.

75 year-old Clark suffered a mild stroke last week, which will keep him sidelined from the Times Square duties that he has held court over for the past 32 New Year's Eve ball drops.

In a statement released by his publicist Monday, Clark said, "I'm so glad that Regis hadn't yet made any New Year's plans. It'll feel strange watching it on TV but my doctors felt it was too soon. I'm sure Regis will do a great job and I'm thankful that he was able to step in on such short notice."

Philbin said, "It's the greatest 'temp job' in the world. I just hope I can uphold the standards Dick Clark has set for this annual event, and I look forward to his return next year."

Regis has got to be one of the hardest working hosts in television with his daily talk show, the quarterly "Millionaire" specials, plus filling in hither and yon where needed. You might remember that he filled in for David Letterman as host of CBS' The Late Show during Dave's extended hiatus in the wake of the 9/11 disaster.

In any event, I can't think of a better choice to fill in for Dick Clark.

Posted by mhking at December 13, 2004 02:30 PM

I am disappointed at the choice for Dick Clark's replacement.........not a good choice. I won't be tuning in for the 1st time in probably over 20 yrs. I wish you a speedy recovery, Dick, YOU WILL BE MISSED!!

Posted by: r.b. at December 26, 2004 10:19 PM

I believe Regis will do a great job... He takes all his opportunities very seriously and will do Dick proud. I too, send my best wishes to Dick Clark and look forward to seeing him back in the saddle in December 2005. Dick has been a tv icon for many years and Regis is the only person I can think of with as close to that record who should have been considered for this position.. and besides, we all know another long time tv icon 'Joan Rivers' hates the cold.

Posted by: GT from Canada at December 26, 2004 11:50 PM
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