Reege and Kathie Lee might soon be back together.
The NY Daily News reports that Regis Philbin is in talks with NBC News to join the “Today” show as a contributor to the show’s fourth hour.
The short-term deal would reunite Philbin with longtime pal Kathie Lee Gifford, who hosts the show’s final hour with Hoda Kotb.
“It’s no secret that Regis and Kathie Lee have an incredible spark, and fans love the TV nostalgia,” a TV industry insider said. “But Regis and Hoda also have a special chemistry. He loves joking with her and they have a great comfort level.”
NBC insiders say combining Gifford and Kotb’s magic with Philbin’s charm will create a morning show “dream team.”
Philbin and “Today” already have a strong relationship. He has been on the show several times recently, and this new deal is seen as a way to “formalize what he’s already been doing,” the insider said.
The move comes at a good time for “Today,” which has scored significant ratings victories recently against archrival “Good Morning America,” snaring more viewers in the coveted 25-54 age group than the ABC show.